Europe -  Bratislava

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Bratislava is the cultural, political and economic centre of Slovakia and, having been chosen as the country’s capital in 1993, is one of the youngest capital cities in Europe. It is home to the Slovak president, the Slovak executive branch and the parliament. In addition, the city houses many cultural and educational institutions such as museums, universities, theatres and galleries. It is also one of Slovakia’s business hubs, hosting the headquarters of large and globally influential institutions such as Volkswagen, Siemens, IBM and Deloitte.

The demand for hotel accommodation in Bratislava is mostly generated by business travellers from neighbouring and other European countries. The city experiences high occupancies from Monday to Thursday and low occupancies over the weekend. The summer months, however, do attract some leisure visitors, primarily from neighbouring countries. The proximity of Bratislava to Vienna makes it an obvious overflow destination for demand in search of lower rates. However, the city still lacks a proper convention centre, which makes it difficult to promote it as a MICE destination and attract conference and convention demand. The main source markets for Bratislava are the domestic market, followed by the Czech Republic, Germany, the UK and Poland.

Historically, Bratislava saw both domestic and foreign visitation grow. From 2015 to 2019, total visitation increased at a substantial compound annual rate (CAGR) of 7.0%, from little over a million visitors a year in 2015 to close to 1.4 million visitors in 2019. During that period, the occupancy of hotels in the city grew by an average of 2.0%, whilst average rate saw a strong increase of more than 7.5%. This resulted in a robust RevPAR CAGR of 10.0%. Bratislava saw a severe contraction in tourism in 2020, which continued into 2021 without any substantial recovery in regard to tourist visitation and hotel trading. In 2022, the hotel market in Bratislava experienced a significant uplift in both occupancy and average rate; however, the RevPAR has still not returned to pre-pandemic levels, as it remains some 30% behind the 2019 RevPAR in real terms.

Currently, there are no projects in Bratislava’s hotel pipeline. There were also no hotel transactions taking place in Bratislava in 2022 owing to the unstable global economic conditions.

Overall, our HVI analysis indicates a value increase of 8.9% per key in Bratislava in 2022 compared to 2021.

Change In Value For Market: (€Euro)

Significant Value Increase: Greater than +10%
Moderate Value Increase: Between +3% and +10%
Stable Values: Between -3% and +3%
Moderate Value Decline: Between -3% and -10%
Significant Value Decline: More than -10%

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Sophie Perret, MRICS, MBA
Managing Director
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