Cardiff and Manchester were two of the lowest-performing cities in Europe for hotel occupancy during January 2011, according to STR Global.
Occupancy for Cardiff fell 5.1% to 49%, year-on-year, while Manchester experienced a 3.8% decrease to 59%.
Declines in revenue per available room (revpar) were also recorded last month in Manchester, down 3.6% from January 2010 to Euro43.47 (£36.57), and in Cardiff, with a year-on-year drop of 1.3% to Euro30.66 (£25.80).
Occupancy for the UK as a whole in January 2011 was 56.7%, up 0.6% from the previous January, with revpar at £43.92 (up 4.9%) and average daily rate at £77.43 (up 4.2%).
The largest occupancy increase in Europe for January 2011 was Gothenburg in Sweden, where it rose 22.8% to 52.2%, year-on-year, followed by Venice, Italy, with a 20.1% increase to 31.4%. It is believed the Men's Handball World Championships benefited Gothenburg, one of eight locations in Sweden hosting the tournament.
By Janet Harmer
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