Hotel revenue per available room (revpar) dropped by 6.1% in London and by 9.7% in the provinces in the week ending 25 April 2009, according to figures from hospitality research company STR Global.
London revpar fell to £101.24, down from £107.77 in the equivalent week of 2008. Occupancy declined by 0.9 percentage points to 84.3% while average room rate slid by 5.1% to £120.06.
In the same week, regional revpar fell to £48.44, down from £53.61 in the corresponding week of 2008. Occupancy shrank by 2.4 percentage points to 70.6% while average room rate contracted by 6.6% to £68.66.
Birmingham hotels fared worse with revpar falling by 13.1% (to £44.73) on the back of a 2.6 percentage point reduction in occupancy and a 9.8% fall in average room rate.
Hotel revpar for the 28 days to 25 April dropped by 11.9% in London (to £87.58) and by 18% in the provinces, to £42.28. For the same period, revpar in Birmingham hotels plunged by 30.8%, to £35.80.
By Angela Frewin
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