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  • Published In : May 2024
  • Code : CMI7005
  • Pages :137
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  • Industry : Consumer Goods

Market Size and Trends

The floating hotels market is estimated to be valued at USD 4,790.0 Mn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 7,346.4 Mn by 2031, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.3% from 2024 to 2031.

Floating Hotels Market Key Factors

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The floating hotels market has seen significant growth in recent years driven by the rise in ocean cruises and experiential travelling. Major players have invested heavily in building lavish floating hotels with spas, swimming pools, and restaurants to cater to the demand. Further, with the development of technology, micro hotels that can house 50-100 people have also emerged. While flagship ships will continue to attract premium clientele, micro floating hotels will make such experiences more affordable and drive further market expansion. The market is expected to receive a boost with cruise lines unveiling plans for upgrading existing fleets as well as adding new ships with unique features. However, high operating costs and risk of seasonality continue to challenge participants and could impact market growth to some extent.

Rising Tourism and Interest in Unique Holiday Experiences

The global tourism industry has seen tremendous growth over the past few decades. International tourist arrivals have more than doubled from 520 million in 1995 to over 1.4 billion in 2019 according to the World Tourism Organization. This growth has been driven by higher disposable incomes, increased connectivity through cheaper flights and better infrastructure, changing demographics as more people travel, and a general interest among people to explore different parts of the world.  While popular beach destinations and cities continue to attract a major share of global tourists, there is a growing demand for unique and experiential holiday options that allow tourists to get closer to nature or indulge in activities not possible from land. Floating hotels cater uniquely to this demand by providing accommodation on water away from land. Be it vacationing on a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala in India or spending a few nights on a luxury cruise liner sailing through scenic locations, floating hotels let tourists truly disconnect from city life and unwind in a serene natural setting. The ability to wake up on water and enjoy water-based activities like snorkeling, kayaking right from the hotel further enhances the experiential value. For many tourists fascinated by marine life, a floating hotel is a novel way of not just admiring aquatic flora and fauna from a safe distance but also learning more about it through on-board educational activities and interactions with naturalists and biologists. Ecotourism is a fast-growing segment within the tourism industry and floating hotels located near coral reefs, mangroves or areas with rich biodiversity appeal greatly to this mindset. Sustainable and eco-friendly floating hotels that generate minimal impact on fragile coastal and marine ecosystems are especially attractive to conscious global travelers.

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Floating Hotels Market Concentration By Players

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Change in Leisure Preferences of Young Generations

Younger generations born post 1980s across the world have very different leisure preferences compared to their predecessors. With greater access to internet and exposure to diverse cultures through social media, this cohort of 'millennials' and 'Gen Z' travelers seek unique, immersive and share-worthy experiences versus conventional packaged tours. Spontaneity, Instagrammable moments, and adventure also feature high on their travel priorities. Floating hotels with eye-catching architecture, modern comforts along with scope for activities like kayaking, scuba diving right outside the room door fit the bill for these digital natives.

Key Takeaways of Analyst:

The floating hotels market has high growth potential in the coming years. The Asia Pacific region currently dominates this market led by countries like Singapore, Thailand, and Maldives. Rapid tourism development in coastal areas and rising popularity of luxury cruises are driving more investors towards floating hotels. However, high initial investments and regional weather uncertainties pose challenges for wider adoption of this concept.

Regulatory issues regarding environmental compliances and securing permits could hamper the prospects of floating hotels in some parts of Asia Pacific and Africa. On the other hand, innovations in ship building technologies will help address engineering complexities in design and construction of these structures. The floating hotel category is expected to witness strong demand from high-end travelers looking for unique beachside experiences.

European countries like Finland and the Netherlands are also emerging as new markets with floating accommodations mainly coming up alongside major waterways and ports. In the Americas, locations such as Florida in the U.S. offer opportunities to set up floating hotels near islands and coastal tourism hotspots. The concept of liveaboards with full hotel amenities is attracting cruise ship operators and real estate developers globally.

Market Challenges: High initial investment costs

The high initial investment costs required for floating hotels is one of the major factors restraining the growth of this unique market. Developing floating hotels involves massive capital expenditure since these properties essentially function like mini cruise ships. Significant funds have to be invested in areas like designing and engineering the floating structure, procuring machinery and equipment, installing amenities like kitchens, restaurants, rooms, etc. Moreover, additional costs go into mooring infrastructure, transportation, licensing, and safety certifications. Given the scope and scale of investments needed, it becomes quite challenging for new entrants and smaller players to venture into this business. Only large, well-established hospitality companies with strong financial backing can currently withstand such heavy upfront infrastructure costs. Independent owners and small business owners find it prohibitive to incur millions of dollars in capital costs. This high entry barrier limits the number of new projects and restricts greater participation, slowing the expansion of supply in the floating hotels market. The costs also put pressure on profit margins, making it difficult to achieve break-even in the short-run.

 Market Opportunities: Developing cruise tourism industry

Developing cruise tourism industry could provide significant opportunities to expand the floating hotels market in the coming years. With more people opting for cruise vacations which offer unique experiences at affordable costs, the demand for floating hotels is likely to grow substantially. Countries around the world with extensive coastlines such as those in Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Alaska are witnessing a rapid growth in cruise passenger traffic. For example, data from the Cruise Lines International Association in 2021, shows that countries like Singapore received 1.69 million cruise passengers in 2021, up from just 0.37 million in 2015. This surge in cruise tourism is opening doors for floating hotel properties to be developed near popular ports.  Cruise lines are also diversifying their offerings by launching new luxury cruise concepts featuring boutique floating hotels with suite-style accommodations, premium amenities, and bespoke services. With their ability to cater to changing consumer demands through novel concepts, sizes, and itineraries, floating hotels are becoming an integral part of the cruise travel experience. Their appeal to time-pressed urban travelers seeking comfortable transient accommodations is a major factor leading the floating hotels market to a higher growth trajectory. Furthermore, the increasing acceptability of remote working is allowing more digital nomads to explore longer stays on floating hotels while working remotely. This emerging lifestyle trend is well-complemented by floating hotels and provides an impetus for cruise companies and investors to expand their portfolio of long-stay accommodations afloat.

Floating Hotels Market By Room Type

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Insights, by Room Type: Convenience and Companionship Drive Growth in Double Occupancy Rooms

In terms of room type, double occupancy is expected contribute 67.4% share of the floating hotels market in 2024, owing to factors of convenience and companionship. Booking a double room allows couples or friends traveling together to enjoy all amenities of the floating hotel experience while having the company of each other within their private room. Unlike single occupancy rooms which can feel isolating, double rooms foster a sense of togetherness that many guests prefer. They also provide practical benefits like splitting the costs between two people. For couples in particular, a double room offers intimacy within a romantic setting that single rooms cannot match. The side-by-side bed configuration satisfies desires for companionship during sleep as well as activities together in the room like watching television. Overall, double rooms strike the right balance between personal space and quality time shared with traveling partners that drives their dominant position in this market segment.

Insights, by Price Range: Premium Pricing Reflects Desire for Luxury Floating Hotel Experience

In terms of price range, the premium segment is expected to contribute 48.7% share in 2024, due to customers’ willingness to pay higher rates for elevated luxury and service. Floating hotels catering to this segment offer lavish room amenities, gourmet cuisine, and high-end facilities that justify their lofty price points. Many guests view the floating hotel experience as a luxury vacation in itself and want it to feel indulgent from start to finish. The premium segment fulfills this demand through extravagant details like plush bedding, spectacular ocean views from large windows, 24-hour room service, and amenities like onboard spas and fine dining restaurants. While costing more, these high-end qualities provide exceptional value to guests seeking ultra-luxury relaxation. As floating hotels grow in popularity, the premium category continues to gain devotees who appreciate the refinement it brings to the overall experience.

Insights, by Booking Channel: Convenience of Online Platforms Fuels Booking Channel Dominance

In terms of booking channel, online booking is expected to account for 46.5% share in 2024, due to the convenience it provides guests. With access to hotel websites and third-party booking sites anytime, anywhere, online booking allows guests to conveniently peruse floating hotel options, compare rates, read reviews from other travelers, and complete reservations at their leisure without needing to call. This high degree of flexibility and autonomous control appeals to many guests, especially digitally-savvy younger travelers. Online platforms also make last-minute bookings as easy as a few clicks. Customizing bookings with addons like premium rooms or meal packages is simpler online too. Many floating hotels now even provide mobile-friendly booking interfaces optimized for on-the-go travelers. With its dominant presence across devices, Online Booking has become deeply ingrained in how new generations of guests now research and finalize floating hotel accommodations.

Regional Insights

Floating Hotels Market Regional Insights

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The Europe region currently dominates the global floating hotels market. The region is expected to account for 37.5% of the market share. Countries like the Netherlands, Germany, and Turkey have seen rising interest in floating hotel projects over the past few years. The region is densely populated with large number of cruise ports and inland waterways which provide ideal conditions for development and operation of floating hotels. Majority of the floating hotels built globally are located along the inland waterways of Rhine, Danube, and Amsterdam canals of Europe, catering to the demand from local population and tourists. European countries also have strict environmental laws in place pertaining to construction and operation of hotels, which floating hotels are better equipped to comply with compared to traditional built-on-land structures.

The Asia Pacific region is projected to be the fastest growing regional market for floating hotels over the coming years. Countries like Thailand, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, and Maldives are witnessing rising investment in development of new floating hotels. The region serves as a major global tourism hub with several beachside destinations and islands. Floating hotels are ideal to meet the hospitality demand from tourists without disturbing the natural coastal landscapes. They also help utilize existing inland water bodies and oceanside areas for hotel infrastructure development. The climate condition in many parts of Asia Pacific allows comfortable operations of floating hotels throughout the year. Additionally, countries like Thailand and Vietnam offer favorable business environment and tax incentives to promote floating hotel projects. This is further expected to drive higher growth in the Asia Pacific floating hotels market.

Market Report Scope

Floating Hotels Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 4,790.0 Mn
Historical Data for: 2019 To 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 To 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 6.3% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 7,346.4 Mn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel, and Rest of Middle East & Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Room Type: Single Occupancy and Double Occupancy
  • By Price Range: Economical, Mass, and Premium
  • By Booking Channel: Phone Booking, Online Booking, and In-Person Booking 
Companies covered:

Good Hotel London, Manta Resort, The Floatel In, LE ROI FLOATING HUTS & ECO ROOMS, Amilla Maldives, Soneva, Madifushi Private Island, Amaya Kud Rah, Sun Siyam Resorts, Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, The Floatel, Kolkata, AB Celestial, Mumbai, Poovar Island Resort, Mumtaz Palace Houseboat, Poovar Island Resort, Queen Elizabeth 2, Love and boat LLC, Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels., River Kwai Jungle Rafts, and Float House River Kwai

Growth Drivers:
  • Rising Tourism and Interest in Unique Holiday Experiences
  • Change in Leisure Preferences of Young Generations
Restraints & Challenges:
  • High Initial Investment Costs
  • Regulatory Constraints 

Key Developments

  • In January 2024, First Floating Villa launched as part of Kempinski Floating Palace
  • In 2023, a new Four Seasons floating resort was launched in Palau, offering a luxurious experience for guests to explore the stunning marine and cultural marvels of this remote destination. The Four Seasons Explorer seamlessly facilitates exploration with three decks, 11 sun-lit accommodations, and a range of amenities including spa services, housekeeping, and fresh fruit daily
  • In 2021, Qatar was sets to launch a "rotating and floating" hotel by 2025
  • In 2020, a new luxurious floating hotel called Arctic Bath has opened in Sweden, offering a unique and eco-friendly accommodation experience

*Definition: The floating hotels market involves hotels housed in large boats or ships that float on lakes or oceans, providing an unprecedented hotel experience. Unlike traditional land-based hotels, floating hotels offer the unique experience of being able stay in luxurious rooms while cruising on water. They are a new concept in the hospitality industry catering to travelers looking for relaxing vacations with picturesque panoramic views of the sea or lakes right from their hotel rooms.

Market Segmentation

  • Room Type Insights (Revenue, USD Mn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Single Occupancy
    • Double Occupancy
  • Price Range Insights (Revenue, USD Mn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Economical
    • Mass
    • Premium
  • Booking Channel Insights (Revenue, USD Mn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Phone Booking
    • Online Booking
    • In-Person Booking
  • Regional Insights (Revenue, USD Mn, 2019 - 2031)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • Spain
      • France
      • Italy
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • ASEAN
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
      • GCC Countries
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East & Africa
  • Key Players Insights
    • Good Hotel London
    • Manta Resort
    • The Floatel In
    • Amilla Maldives
    • Soneva
    • Madifushi Private Island
    • Amaya Kud Rah
    • Sun Siyam Resorts
    • Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
    • The Floatel, Kolkata
    • AB Celestial, Mumbai
    • Poovar Island Resort
    • Mumtaz Palace Houseboat
    • Poovar Island Resort
    • Queen Elizabeth 2
    • Love and boat LLC
    • Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels.
    • River Kwai Jungle Rafts
    • Float House River Kwai

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of Floating Hotels Market is projected to be 6.3% from 2024 to 2031.

Rising tourism and interest in unique holiday experiences and change in leisure preferences of young generations are the major factor driving the growth of floating hotels market.

High initial investment costs and regulatory constraints are the major factor hampering the growth of Floating Hotels Market.

In terms of room type, double occupancy is estimated to dominate the market revenue share in 2024.

Good Hotel London, Manta Resort, The Floatel In, LE ROI FLOATING HUTS & ECO ROOMS, Amilla Maldives, Soneva, Madifushi Private Island, Amaya Kud Rah, Sun Siyam Resorts, Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, The Floatel, Kolkata, AB Celestial, Mumbai, Poovar Island Resort, Mumtaz Palace Houseboat, Poovar Island Resort, Queen Elizabeth 2, Love and boat LLC, Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels., River Kwai Jungle Rafts, and Float House River Kwai are the major players.

Europe is expected to lead the Floating Hotels Market.

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