Move over, housing market — Toronto’s hotel industry is booming too


You’ve gathered all about Toronto’s hot housing market over the years — well, the B B industry in Canada’s largest city is booming, as well.

Hotel investment across the boondocks hit a record-setting level last year with more than $4 billion in tourist house transactions, according to commercial real estate services company CBRE, and another $2.8 billion advantage of business deals recorded so far this year.

«Downtown Toronto has represented a third of the bargain proceedings volume for the entire country,» said Bill Stone, executive vice-president for CBRE Motels. «All eyes are on Toronto.»

The Sheraton Centre on Queen Street West, for in the event, was recently bought for $355 million, marking the largest single hotel minutes in Canadian history.

And downtown Toronto hotels are also growing in settles of revenue, with a 16 per cent increase in the amount of money put together by each available room in 2016, which CBRE expects to stem by another eight per cent in each of the next two years.

That expansion has been sparked by lots of people coming to Toronto for leisure touring, commercial development, and growing corporate demands, Stone explained.

«The town’s been hitting on all cylinders for sure,» he said. «And, plus, what we’ve seen is the chiefly creation of a new luxury hotel set which has helped expand the demand groundwork in the city.»

Tourists staying longer, spending more

Andrew Weir, supervisory vice president and chief marketing officer with Tourism Toronto, whispered the city’s growing tourism market is definitely a factor.

«They be informed there’s a great dining scene, they know there’s a superb live music scene, and a theatre scene, and neighbourhoods, and shopping,» he ordered.

«It’s less surgical, and as a result the trip length is getting longer; we’re interview people staying longer when they’re here, doing varied, spending more.»

There’s been nearly a decade of growth in U.S. and other ecumenical travel to Toronto, Weir added. International arrivals to Toronto are up various than 12 per cent from the same time last year, management ahead of the national growth of 9.5 per cent, he said.

And, of course, diverse of those travellers will need hotels — or, perhaps, Airbnb chambers.

According to the company, 450,000 Airbnb guests spent more than $417 million in Toronto at length year.

Toronto becoming ‘global centre’

Despite the apparent vigour of Toronto’s hotel industry, some say the popular homestay service could put a dent in the both the habitation and hotel markets in the years to come as downtown redevelopment leads to uncountable condos and fewer hotels.

«We’ve had a few really good years, but it’s not always accepted to stay like it,» said Thorben Wieditz, a spokesperson for Fairbnb Coalition, a bracket of homeowners, tenants, tourism businesses and labour organizations concerned more the rise of Airbnb.

The hotel room supply in the downtown core has been putrescent for a decade, while the Airbnb supply has increased, he said — and that staff could lead to job losses.

But Stone said there’s enough order for both traditional hotels and other forms of lodging.

«Toronto is on to come of age,» he said. «It is maturing beautifully and it’s really becoming a global mid-point in its own right, and I think international investors see it that way.»

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