Glasgow hotel bookings 'at 10-year high'

Image caption, The survey covered 31 hotels in Glasgow

Hotel bookings in Glasgow are at their highest level in a decade despite the economic downturn, a survey suggests.

The Lynn Jones Forecaster report looked at occupancy rates in 31 city hotels to September this year.

It found there was a 6% rise on the same period last year and a 16% increase compared to September 2000.

The figures are being out down to Glasgow hosting three major events - the Papal visit, the World Parkinson Congress and a P.Diddy concert.

The report also found that rates for revenue per room increased.

It said Glasgow's yields had increased by more than 15% over a 12-month period, to an average of £64.61 compared to £54.65 in September last year.

Scott Taylor, chief executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: "It is testament to Glasgow's strength and appeal, both as a leading short-break destination and as a host city for major events and international conferences, that while many other cities are seeing a drop in visitor numbers, Glasgow is more than holding its own and our visitor numbers are at an all-time high.

"The opening, next year, of our iconic Riverside Museum - the city's newest world-class visitor attraction - combined with the new infrastructure that will be in place for Glasgow's hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 2014, will provide the city with even greater collateral to attract additional tourism and inward investment in the years to come."

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