The warm June weather helped UK hotels achieve another "best since the Millennium month" according to two new reports from hotel consultantcy PKF and Tri Hospitality Consulting.
London led the way in both surveys.
According to Tri, the capital's hotels boosted revenue per available room (revpar) by 10.2% to £107.51 on the back of a 7% rise in room rate to £107.51 and a 2.5 percentage point increase in occupancy to 86.6%.
PKF reported an 11.5% rise in London revpar to £107.08, although it found a lower rise in room rate (up by 5% to £123.50) and a bigger boost to occupancy, which rose by 5.05 percentage points to 86.7%.
The number of visitors to the capital from outside European, US and Japanese markets rose to nearly 25% of the total, 15.8% higher than in June 2005, PKF said.
Performance in the provinces was muted and showed more variation between the two reports.
According to PKF, regional hotels boosted revpar by 2.3% to £54.59 after increasing room rates by 1% (to £71.34) and occupancy by 1.3 percentage points to 76.5%.
The Tri survey, however, cited a 1.2% rise in revpar to £53.03 in which a 0.8 percentage point decline in occupancy (to 74.4%) was offset by a 2.2% rise in room rate to £71.29.
"We have now had two strong months in May and June which gives us confidence that, in the full year, we will exceed the performances achieved in the year 2000, the previous high water mark for the UK hotel industry," commented David Bailey, director at Tri.
By Angela Frewin