Scottish hotels report pleasing upturn in business

by Tiffany Millar on August 18, 2011

Occupancy rates and revenue are rising at hotels across Scotland, according to PFK, the accountancy firm.

The sector carried on outperforming the rest of Britain in the June survey, with the major exception being Glasgow, which has been reported to have had its hotel occupancy rates drop by 3.6%. PKF say that Scottish hotels have recently been experiencing a fortunate upturn for several months, but other parts of Britain are now starting to catch up.

Alastair Rae, one of the partners at PKF, said that the figures continue trends of recent months, while helping to reveal that the hotel sector across Scotland is broadly experiencing a healthy upturn in 2011 to date. As well as this, he continued, occupancy and revenue figures remain healthy for most areas of Scotland and trends indicate that 2011 is going to be a return to more positive growth in general for the sector.

In Edinburgh, the capital, occupancy rates rose by 4.7%. In Aberdeen, they rose by 2.9%. Glasgow, however, witnessed occupancy rates dropping by 3.6%, as mentioned, with revenue on the whole down 11.5%. Mr Rae commented that the city, and a series of operators, have targeted conference and business hospitality and there are concerns that such kinds of business are not returning at present.

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