Scotland’s Hotel Occupancy Outstanding

'Yes' or 'No', the Scottish hotel industry is standing proud


21 May 2014
Ahead of an important year for Scotland, we take a look. Seeing that last year hotels in Scotland enjoyed the highest occupancy and revenue levels out of the whole of the UK, there is a lot at stake.

Glasgow’s Commonwealth games will be the cause for great excitement and the investment will be set to benefit local business which will no doubt see a rise in average occupancy, up from 75.5% in 2013 in Scotland, compared to that of 72% in England. This means a rise in the number of conferences into the area and an increase in competition for this additional business.

Demand for hotel and conferencing space is condensed into larger Scottish cities. Aberdeen sees a huge requirement from employees of oil companies, and Edinburgh has seen new hotels springing up to fill the gap. These include the second Motel One (a 140-room German owned property), a Double Tree by Hilton, the Ibis Hotel in the heart of the Old Town and a new airport hotel from Holiday Inn Express which have all helped

Edinburgh also has Scotland’s busiest airport so it is not surprising that in 2012/13 it played host to conferences which contribute a combined economic value of £75m.

Event and hotel news is positive from Dundee too, as recent conferencing and events have generated £55m for the local economy by attracting 248,000 delegates. Not only this, but the Dundee & Angus Bureau aim for a 10% rise over the next five years.

Hotel occupancy was highest in Glasgow at 79%, followed by Edinburgh at 77.7%. Revenue increased the most in Aberdeen however, which experienced a 16% increase over the year to just over £70, the highest figure in the UK outside London.

No wonder then that national sporting icon, Andy Murray, is in on the action with his own 5-Star hotel, Cromlix House Hotel. The hotel is just north of his hometown of Dunblane and will feed from traffic between Edinburgh and Glasgow. While in South Ayreshire, US property tycoon Donald Trump has confirmed that he has bought the Turnberry golf resort. And despite having a row over nearby wind farms, Trump aims that "When completed…the Turnberry Hotel will be the finest and most luxurious hotel in all of Europe."
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