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Independent hotel owners adding new properties and expanding as upscale potential grows
“Indonesia’s Gili Islands’ hotels achieved a remarkable compound annual growth of 14% in total guests from 2011 to 2015, bolstered by broader access from Bali and Lombok. The destination is benefiting from travelers who are increasingly looking to get beyond Bali.” said Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks
Overseas hotel guests in Gili Island increased to 394,049 in 2015 vs. 243,831 in 2014, a rise of 62%. While Australian and European hotel guests represented over 73% of the total international guests in registered accommodations during 2015, Malaysia emerged as a fast growing market feeder with a strong annual compound growth of 131%. This is due to the introduction of direct flights from Kuala Lumpur. With more Asian travelers venturing into the islands throughout the year, we see the tourist demographics evolving in geographic diversity.
“Traditionally the Gilis were highly seasonal with July to August and December through January being the peak periods, and the remainder of the year experiencing low demand. With growing diversity in geographic sources of business from February to May, there has been a lessoning of seasonal trading issues. Existing hotel owners are extending their presence across the islands to capitalize on the favorable supply and demand conditions.
Currently, there are 1,078 registered lodging accommodation properties. We see the future inflow of pipeline projects featuring hotels of larger scale and high standards of designs, will attract a broader market and propel the islands into the next stage of development .” added Bill
There are 675 registered accommodation establishments in Gili Trawangan, 321 in Gili Air and 82 in Gili Meno. The recent development trend has shifted from Gili Trawangan to Gili Meno and Gili Air. Being the smallest island with quality beaches and a quieter atmosphere, Gili Meno is emerging into an upscale destination accommodating larger-scale international standard hotels.