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London hotels continue to outperform those in the provinces

22 November 2010 by
London hotels continue to outperform those in the provinces

The regional hotel market remained a "mixed picture" in October, while hoteliers in the capital continued to outperform the UK as a whole, according to new data.

PKF Hotel Consultancy Services]( found that occupancy and rate continued to climb at hotels in London in October, pushing revenue per available room (revpar) 14.6% higher year-on-year to £115.50.

Revpar increased in the regions too, up 4% year-on-year to £45.60, but it remained a mixed bag with occupancy rates leading the way and room rates largely flat (up 0.5% to £62.03 year-on-year).

While the likes of Edinburgh performed well with revpar up 8.5% year-on-year to £68.74, Leeds saw a fall in occupancy (down 3.8% to 74.8%) and Manchester a drop in room rate (3.4% to £75.12).

Robert Barnard, partner for hotel consultancy services at PKF, said: "The capital continued to post robust results in October, which suggests that global business travel continues to strengthen.

"The regions are a mixed picture with some cities posting stronger results than others. Overall, the figures are relatively positive, but as the public sector cuts start to hit home, it is likely that the regional figures will start to fall back again in 2011."

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By Chris Druce

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