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Scottish hotels outperform UK counterparts

27 January 2006
Scottish hotels outperform UK counterparts

Scottish hotels outperformed their English and Welsh counterparts in 2005, according to a new report from Deloitte.

Edinburgh and Aberdeen trounced London in the 2005 HotelBenchmark survey generating a 7.1% boost in revenue per available room (revpar).

England managed only 3.4% revpar growth and Wales 3.2%.

Cities Aberdeen and Edinburgh recorded revpar growth of 17.5% and 6.1% respectively, while London's revpar increased by just 1.9%.

New air routes, economic positioning and a significant increase in helicopter traffic were seen as the driving forces behind the high occupancy rates in Aberdeen.

London's poor revpar figure was blamed on the July bombings, which led to lower occupancy rates as people avoided or postponed visits to the capital.

However, it wasn't all doom and gloom for London, as the survey reported that top-end hotels and boutiques continue to outperform other segments of the hospitality market.

By Jen Crothers

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