Rival cities left trailing as Capital hotel demand soars

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Hotel occupancy and revenue rates in Edinburgh have continued to rise, outdoing comparator cities by considerable margins.

Occupancy rates have increased by 4.7 per cent, compared with 2.9 per cent in Aberdeen and a drop of 3.6 per cent in Glasgow.

Meanwhile, revenue soared by 12.7 per cent, compared with 7.6 per cent in Aberdeen and a decrease of 11.5 per cent in Glasgow.

Alastair Rae, a partner at accountants and business advisers PKF, which published the figures, said Edinburgh “clearly has a product that consumers want”.

Speaking about Glasgow, he added: “The city, and a number of operators, have successfully targeted conference and business hospitality over the years and there is concern that this kind of business is not returning at present. I am aware of hotel operators in Glasgow who are finding life tougher than expected at present.”