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Bristol buzzing as hotel occupancy rises, HotStats finds

Room rates on the slide in Aberdeen and the North East according to latest report

Pictured: Bristol's Clifton suspension bridge

Hotels in Bristol saw room occupancy up by 2.7 per cent year on year, according to the latest data from HotStats, and is staking a claim as one of the UK’s fastest rising destinations.

A range of events, including the third largest 10k race in the UK, the Love Saves the Day festival and VegFest, all contributed to the increase in occupancy to 78 per cent, which was accompanied by a 4.5 per cent year-on-year increase in average room rate to £90.

Aberdeen saw an 8.7 per cent decline in room rate to £62 this month, along with a 6.5 per cent year-on-year increase in room occupancy to 72 per cent.

And in the North East hotels benefited from a 2.2 per cent increase in occupancy to 78 per cent, which was coupled with a 1.7 per cent average room rate decline to £74.

HotStats data suggests that the achieved average room rate at hotels in the North East is under pressure, with declines this month recorded across key segments, including best available rate (down 6.3 per cent), corporate (down 0.9 per cent) and leisure (down 3.8 per cent). 

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