Hoteliers across the UK experienced a strong September with room rate, occupancy and rooms yield all increasing, according to PKF Hotel Consultancy Services.
The figures in London were particularly robust, with the room rate increasing from £118.56 during the same period in 2009 to £133.37 in 2010, occupancy rising from 85% to 89.1%, and rooms yield growing from £100.89 to £118.80.
In the regions, occupancy and rooms yield increased from 73.3% to 77.7% and from £48.02 to £50.84 respectively. However, room rate fell - but only marginally - from £65.45 to £65.42.
The Labour Party conference and leadership election was a big draw for Manchester hotels during September, with occupancy increasing 5.4% to 82.2%. Room rate was also up, by 9.4% to £81.78 and rooms yield rose by 15.3% to £67.19.
Edinburgh had a solid September with room rate up 4.2% to £93.13, occupancy up 1.2% to 87.9% and rooms yield up 5.4% to £81.87.
Liverpool had a less successful month with room rate, occupancy and rooms yield all falling compared with September 2009. Room rate was down 6.8% to £65.98, occupancy was down 3.7% to 76.5% and rooms yield dropped 10.3% to £50.50.
Robert Barnard, partner at PKF, said that while the September results were good, hotels are now having to tighten their belts again following the Government's spending review.
"The solid figures we have seen over the past few months are at least a good start point if there are to be further bumps in the road ahead for the UK's hoteliers," he said.
By Janet Harmer
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