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Bombings may deter vistors to London, says report

25 July 2005
Bombings may deter vistors to London, says report

July's terror attacks could depress UK hotel performance for months to come, according to hotel consultants PKF.

PKF said the sector had been holding steady before the July bombings with London hotel occupancy up one percentage point year-on-year at 82.5% during June, and average room rate up 4.5% to £114.84.

Hoteliers outside the capital saw occupancy drop 0.6 percentage points to 76.2% during June but average room rate climb by 3.5% to £67.86.

Partner for hotel consultancy services at PKF, Robert Barnard, said: "We hope to see London and the tourist trade hold up strongly but if the bombings deter both business and leisure visitors then hotelier will suffer."

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