The Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa and headquarters of the African Union, has been shown to have the most expensive hotel room charges on the continent.
Addis will host the upcoming Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), taking place at the end of September. Research firm STR Global, recently carried out a comparative survey on room charges for one night across Africa, with the result that Johannesburg in South Africa offered the some of lowest charges.
The average rate in US dollars for a hotel room in the first six months of this year in Addis Ababa was $231.78/ night.
This compares with $215.75 for a room in Lagos, $144.76 in Nairobi, $122.30 in Cape Town, $105.73 in Casablanca, $103.54 in Cairo, $72.90 in Johannesburg and $70.70 in Sharm El Sheikh. Sharm El Sheikh is in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt.
The survey reads in part, ‘When one notes that the price of a hotel room in Nairobi is almost double that in Jo’burg and the room rate in Addis is 60% more expensive than Nairobi, one is tempted to ask how prices can be so different.’