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Rotterdam hotel market

In 2017, the number of hotel bookings in Rotterdam rose by 9% to more than 1.8 million. This growth continues in 2018 with an increase of no less than 27.6% in the first quarter. This percentage is far above the Dutch average of 10.9%. It is striking that more and more Dutch guests are coming to the city. Every year this number rises by an average of 7.3% and that is higher than in Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague. The City Marketing campaigns of the municipality of Rotterdam seem to be paying off.

Increasingly larger hotels
The number of hotels is also increasing. There are now 76 hotels in the city. And that’s 15 more than in 2010. During this period, 2,232 hotel rooms have been added totaling 5,514. The average size of the hotels has grown considerably: from an average of 54 rooms to 73. This is mainly due to the arrival of more major national and international hotel brands such as nhow, Marriott, citizenM, Ibis Budget Hotel and Holiday Inn.

Another 2,342 rooms
A substantial number of new hotel rooms will be added in the coming years. Up to 2022 at least 2,342 new rooms are planned. Hotel operators fear a repetition of the period 2010 - 2014 with oversupply and declining financial performance. This concern is unfounded. The current hotel projects improve the quality of the hotel offering. International hotel brands reinforce the image of Rotterdam and this creates more interest among tourists, developers and investors. In addition, we expect demand for hotel rooms to continue to grow strongly in the coming years. This means that the city needs more hotels. The planned hotel developments are not a minute too soon and is exactly what Rotterdam needs.

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Joost Mees

Head of Hotels Benelux


I am the founder in 2002 of MD Hotel Investments, a succesfull niche hotel corporate finance advisory based in Amsterdam and the co-founder of European Hotel Capital, a private equity international hotel fund. Since June 2013 I joined Colliers in Amsterdam as Director Hotels and specialised in hotel developement advisory, operator search and hotel financing. 

Curently I am Head of Hotels Benelux, Member of the  Board of Colliers Netherlands and Direcor Alternative Real Estate.

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