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Congress move drives down Vienna rates

International Liver Congress rotation sees Barcelona room rates hit €216 as Vienna rates fall by 12 per cent

Pictured: The International Liver Congress (ILC) saw Barcelona rates hit £169, while there were deals to be had in Vienna

Room rates in Barcelona shot up in April, while there were bargains to be had in Vienna, according to the latest European Chain Hotels market review by Hotstats.

The 11,000-delegate International Liver Congress (ILC) helped the Catalan city register a 13 per cent year on year increase in average rates, to €216 (£169), by boosting occupancy by 2 per cent.

In Vienna, the previous host of the rotating International Liver Congress, rates fell by a comparable 12 per cent to €141 (£110) in year on year figures. Vienna’s declines were across the board, says the report.

“Vienna does not benefit from the wealth of alternative demand sources enjoyed by other European capital cities and significant declines in achieved rate were recorded in the residential conference (-29.5 per cent), corporate (-10.3 per cent) and Best Available Rate (-17.3 per cent) segments this month," authors noted.

Elsewhere, hotels in Warsaw recorded significant occupancy growth (8 per cent) in the month of April to reach 85 per cent. Report authors added: "This is in line with the increase in passenger numbers at Chopin Airport, which grew by 10 per cent year-on-year to a record 932,000 passengers for the month, the nineteenth month of continuous growth in passenger numbers at the airport."

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