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Scottish Hotel Sector Tops UK Income and Occupancy

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Scottish Hotel Sector Tops UK Income and Occupancy

October 21
20:07 2013
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The firm’s monthly hotel survey found that Scottish rooms yield rose by 10.6% in May, compared with an increase of 3.9% in regional UK; Occupancy was also up 3.9%, while revenue stood at £58.94 compared to £46.81 in regional UK.

Alastair Rae, a partner in the Property, Leisure and Hospitality sector at BDO, said: ‘Edinburgh experienced a considerable upturn during May, with occupancy of 85.3% – the second highest in the UK after Portsmouth – and revenue of £74.23 which was the second highest in the UK after Aberdeen.’

‘Edinburgh’s performance was enhanced both by increased tourist numbers and an upturn in business visitors for some high profile conferences, including the IID International Dermatology Conference and the EU ESPHM conference.

‘Glasgow and Inverness also had strong occupancy levels holding above 80% whilst revenue figures also rose. Inverness should benefit from the start of the tourism season but Glasgow typically relies less on this source of income and more on its ability to attract high quality, high volume conference and event work.’

He concluded: ‘These figures are quite positive and indicate a return to form for the Scottish hotel sector, which has been going through a difficult period. It is an encouraging performance for the early part of summer.’




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Scotland’s hotel sector had the highest income and occupancy levels compared to the rest of the UK in May, according to the latest report by accountants and business advisers, BDO LLP…

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