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Most UK hotel guests are on leisure breaks

17 September 2004
Most UK hotel guests are on leisure breaks

Leisure is still the most popular use for the UK's hotels, according to a new report from market analysts Mintel.

Mintel's survey of almost 2,000 people found that 34% of consumers had stayed in a hotel for leisure purposes last year, while only 10% said they had used a hotel for business. Short breaks were the most popular reason for a stay (18%).

Londoners were the least likely to use hotels for leisure purposes, with just 30% of capital dwellers saying they had stayed in a UK hotel on holiday this year.

People with no children were most likely to use hotels for leisure breaks (47%), while only 27% of retired couples had stayed in a hotel over the past year.

Respondents were also asked about the facilities they expected in a hotel. Tea and coffee-making facilities were the top response from leisure guests, while business travellers preferred a TV in their room. Having a range of restaurants and a bar also got an above-average response from business and leisure guests.

Some 41% of respondents agreed that they expected to find toiletries in their room, while having additional facilities such as a hairdryer or trouser press were expected by 44% of business guests and 40% of leisure guests.


Source: Caterer & Hotelkeeper magazine, 16 September 2004

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