Hotel properties: trends & developments

How is the market for hotel properties developing? What are the trends in the global hotel industry? Europe's largest trade fair for hotel properties and investment players from the hotel and real estate industry meet to discuss current developments and establish important contacts.

EXPO REAL—the ideal platform

The wide variety of players and topics from the market for hotel properties makes EXPO REAL the ideal platform

  • for relevant information on hotel properties—from buying and selling land or investing in real estate for the entire hospitality industry,
  • for meetings and discussions with leading players in the international hotel property market,
  • for productive encounters with hotel experts, developers, investors as well as service providers in the hotel property sector. All of them use EXPO REAL as an information-packed trade fair and meeting place.

Market dynamics for hotel properties

The hotel industry throughout Europe is going into a balancing act. Demand this summer is even better than in 2022, and at the same time the industry has finally been able to push through significantly higher prices: The desire for vacations is uninhibitedly great. Vacationers in Germany pay on average 12% higher prices, in leading hotels in the mountains or at the sea even 20-30% more than before. The more luxurious, the easier the money flows: ultra-luxury is making the running.

The city hotel industry has meanwhile caught up strongly again after a longer run-up. In the tourism sector, budget lifestyle hotels for travelers on a smaller budget are the main beneficiaries. And business travel is finally picking up again, again more strongly than expected, as are seminars and smaller conferences. All good!?

A look at the future in the hotel property sector

Greater sustainability, quality and flexibility—many hotels have already been implementing environmentally friendly measures for years. Reaching today's climate targets will require professional operators and responsible investors with a long-term focus to come together. It is the only way to finance quality products with flexible use in the hotel property market. And to prevail in a still highly competitive market, whose trends consumers/travelers have a massive say in. What solutions are available and how can change be accelerated? Does it unlock new options for investment in hotel properties? At EXPO REAL, you were able to benefit from the know-how of experienced practitioners and hospitality consultants.

Major challenges in the hotel property market

Behind the scenes, the hosts are no longer beaming. Multiple cost increases - mainly in personnel and energy - range between 15% and 18%, absorbing super rates and eating into corporate profits. Margins are under massive pressure. High and possibly even higher interest rates, as well as still-high inflation, are keeping a stranglehold on hotel operators and the entire economy. A turnaround was not yet in sight, at least in the summer.

And this also affects the hotel operators' closest partners: real estate developers, investors and financial institutions. At best, cash-rich family offices are still investing or other, non-regulated capital is being driven; institutional funds are withdrawing, developers and potential buyers can no longer seriously calculate projects. Hotel real estate transactions have fallen to a historic low.

How long can the hotel industry sustain this balancing act? That was a key question at EXPO REAL 2023.

First-hand and purposeful information on hotel properties

From buying and selling hotels, investing in hotel properties, trends and prices to current hospitality topics—EXPO REAL is well worth a visit!

  • Visit the booths of leading players in the hotel property market.
  • Get to know the latest innovations in the hotel sector.
  • Discuss current trends and challenges around hotel properties—from simple to luxury hotels—with experienced experts and practitioners.
  • Maintain and expand your network and initiate new business relationships.
  • Enjoy inspiring presentations and renowned speakers in EXPO REAL's high-profile conference program.

Renowned exhibitors in the hotel property sector of the EXPO REAL 2023

Which companies offered property services? And who did what? You could find out more about this directly from the exhibitors at EXPO REAL 2023. In addition to the joint pavilions “World of Hospitality” and “196+ lounge”, there were many individual contributions from leading players in the market.

World of Hospitality—Hotel industry in 360°

Since 2011, the joint pavilion “World of Hospitality” has been one of the first destinations for trade fair visitors interested in hotel properties: it features domestic and foreign exhibitors from the entire value chain, from investors to hotel operators. This is where you will find contacts across the entire spectrum of the hotel property market: search for locations, hotel buildings, hotel development, prices and financing, investment in hotel properties and operation of hotels.

At EXPO REAL 2023, the “World of Hospitality” again occupied two stands. At stand A1.144, the following companies from the hospitality sector were represented, among others:

  • ACHAT Hotels
  • Choice Hotels
  • Christie & Co
  • Duin&Zee Investeringen B.V.
  • Dusit Thani Public Company Limited

At booth A1.040, where the “World of Hospitality” reception and meeting rooms were also located, exhibitors are:

  • Barefoothotels Management- und Lizenzgesellschaft mbH
  • Fidelity Hotels & Resorts GmbH
  • halbersbacher hospitality group GmbH
  • LFPI Hotels Deutschland Beteiligungs GmbH
  • MASEVEN Management GmbH

Our tip: HospitalityInside is also the place to go for anyone interested in the HospitalityInside Think Tank (HITT) on ESG in hotel properties.

The 196+ lounge—hot spot for the hospitality industry

Current topics, effective networking: PKF hospitality group, the parent company of 196+ Events, stands as an internationally recognized leader in hotel, serviced living, tourism and leisure consulting. Being a joint pavilion, the 196+ lounge brings together the leading hotel groups and players in the hospitality industry. Thus, EXPO REAL offers you a varied platform for relaxed networking in the market for hotel properties.

Catch up on current trends in the growing hotel business: in 2023, big-name exhibitors at 196+ lounge, standA1.340, included:

  • Accor
  • Adina Apartment Hotels
  • a&o Hotels and Hostels
  • Bee Partment
  • Bierwirth & Kluth Hotelmanagement

Hospitality Industry Dialogue: hotel properties on the conference stage

The cutting-edge supporting program is something you would'nt want to miss! The Hospitality Industry Dialogue at EXPO REAL 2023 covered a wide range of topics in the hospitality property industry:

  • Self-criticism: Where does the hotel industry rank on ESG?
  • Hotel financing: The devil is in the EU taxonomy
  • Measurement: Measurement data & KPIs, the bridge between investor, operator and franchisee
  • Development: How do I make new and old hotels emission-free?

A visit to EXPO REAL is most definitely worthwhile, as this is where the key players in the entire life cycle and all aspects of hotel properties meet. The perfect opportunity to learn first-hand about the trends that are shaping the international hotel property market. You will benefit from the extensive know-how of reputable companies from the hospitality industry and can establish useful business contacts.

Impressions of EXPO REAL