Scottish hotels 'outperform rest of UK'

hotel room BDO said Aberdeen hotels continued to benefit from the oil and gas industry in May

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Scotland's hotels outperformed the rest of the UK in May in terms of income and occupancy levels, according to a survey by accountants BDO.

Scottish rooms revenue rose by 10.6% - well above the figures for regional UK, England and Wales.

Occupancy levels in Scotland also outstripped those in the rest of the country.

Aberdeen continued to shine, recording the highest revenue per room in the UK outside London.

BDO said rooms yield and occupancy levels in the Granite City continued to be driven by the oil and gas industry.

Edinburgh also experienced a substantial upturn during May with occupancy of 85.3% - the second highest in the UK after Portsmouth - and revenue of £74.23 per room.

Revenue also increased in Inverness but remained flat in Glasgow.

Overall, rooms yield in Scotland stood at just under £59, compared with £46.81 in regional UK, £44.29 in England and just over £39 in Wales.

Occupancy rose to 79.6% in Scotland, compared with 75.7% in regional UK, 74.9% in England and 75% in Wales.

'Positive figures'

Alastair Rae, from BDO, said: "These figures indicate just how well the hotel sector is doing in Aberdeen.

"Edinburgh's performance was enhanced both by increased tourist numbers and an upturn in business visitors for some high-profile conferences including the IID International Dermatology Conference and the EU ESPHM conference.

"Inverness should benefit from the start of the tourism season but Glasgow typically relies less on this source of income and more on its ability to attract high quality, high volume conference and event work."

He added: "These figures are quite positive and indicate a return to form for the Scottish hotel sector which has been going through a difficult period.

"However, this needs to be sustained over the summer for full confidence to return."

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