United States -  Atlanta

Atlanta’s hotel market continues to show strength overall, with market-wide occupancy achieving a historical high of roughly 70.0% in 2017, remaining relatively stable compared to 2016, primarily due to new supply increasing at 1.2%, while demand registered an increase of 1.5%. In 2017, the market experienced an almost 5.0% increase in ADR given the stabilized occupancy levels, reaching a historical high. We expect local hotel operators to continue to push rate in the future, as the market readily absorbs the new, high-rated supply, with demand growth keeping pace with the entrance of new supply. The boom in development, redevelopment, and expansion across Atlanta promises to boost demand for the city’s hotels. With so many major projects underway throughout Metro Atlanta having the potential generate demand, occupancy levels should maintain this elevated position in the near term, with only a minor dip in overall occupancy anticipated as new hotels come online. Meanwhile, average rates are expected to continue to realize healthy gains, resulting in a forecast for positive RevPAR growth for Atlanta hotels over the next several years.

In recent years, the city's large amount of meeting and event space at competitive price points has advanced Atlanta's position in citywide convention cycles and has improved the city's standing in relation to other large convention markets. Commercial demand is supported by the presence of major corporations, such as Delta Air Lines, SunTrust Banks, and The Coca-Cola Company. Other important demand generators in the market include Georgia Tech and Georgia State University, as well as federal and state government agencies; these entities, which generally weather economic downturns well, provide area hotels with a significant level of base demand. Atlanta's standing as a preferred site for major sporting events has been boosted by the 2017 opening of the new, state-of-the-art, $1.6-billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium. We expect demand to continue to increase; however, as several hotels open in the Atlanta market, occupancy levels are anticipated to decline slightly as the market absorbs the new supply in 2018 and 2019, before resuming growth in 2020.

The Atlanta market is a hot spot for new supply, and developers are looking to add product to the market given that hotels have been able to achieve high occupancies and still maintain those highs with the introduction of new supply. Noteworthy projects in the pipeline include the proposed Georgia World Congress Center Hotel (GWCC), an 800-room hotel that is proposed for development on a site located between the GWCC and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium; and the 440-room InterContinental Hotel, which will be attached to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Several other hotels are proposed for development, as well.

The pace of transactions in the Atlanta market remained modest in 2016, a trend that carried over into early 2017, with some activity among the nationally branded, limited- and select-service assets. The sale of the W Hotel in Buckhead represents the most significant sale, at just over $255,000 per key. A substantial amount of work is underway in Atlanta, with new builds and expansions promising to bring in more tourists, commercial travelers, and group demand for the city’s hotels. The highest-profile projects include a $6-billion expansion of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is expected to span the next two decades, and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which will host Super Bowl LIII in 2019 and the NCAA Men's Final Four in 2020 (two examples of why hotel investors are continuing to pursue assets in this market for their portfolio). While overall growth is slowing, the outlook remains positive for the Atlanta market given its diverse, deep economy and the numerous public and private developments underway.

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Change In Value For Market:

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: Less than -10%

Atlanta RevPAR Change

Atlanta RevPAR

Year RevPAR
2007 $56.66
2008 $53.30
2009 $43.71
2010 $47.55
2011 $48.79
2012 $52.22
2013 $55.38
2014 $62.64
2015 $68.40
2016 $72.39
2017 $75.05
2018 $77.27
2019 (f) $79.96
2020 (f) $83.17

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Michael Brophy
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Benjamin Levin
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Kristin Rinaudo
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