Scots hotels’ bumper year

Record visitor numbers brings accommodation boost

Hotel occupancy rates in both Glasgow and Edinburgh grew last year

RECORD visitor numbers helped Scotland’s hotels to achieve greater room revenue growth than the rest of the UK, according to an industry report.

The 2018 Hotel Britain report by accountancy and business advice firm BDO found that average room yield in Scotland grew by 4.9% to £56.70 in 2017, compared with growth of 1.9% in England.

Edinburgh was named as the best performing city outside London last year with an increased occupancy rate of 85%, while Glasgow’s hotels also enjoyed a growing occupancy rate (83.2%).

However, not all of Scotland’s cities benefited from increased visitor numbers; Aberdeen was reported to have the lowest occupancy rate amongst UK cities at 63.4%, down almost 15% from 2013.

Martin Gill, head of BDO in Scotland, said 2017 had seen “fantastic” growth for the country’s hotels.

He said: “The Scottish hotel industry will hope to continue to benefit from the weak pound, which will attract overseas visitors and the domestic market.”