Edinburgh has highest hotel occupancy

Published: 13 November 2018

Edinburgh had the highest hotel occupancy out of all UK cities last year as the number of visitors increased and room prices soared.

The average occupancy rate in the Capital’s hotels was 83.7 per cent, compared with 81.7 in London. According to the city council’s annual Edinburgh by Numbers document, overseas visitors to Edinburgh are now estimated at 1,749,200 per year, up from 1,605,900.

Edinburgh is a year-round city of culture...Edinburgh is such a great place to live, not just visit...

Donald Wilson, Convener of the Culture and Communities Committee, The City of Edinburgh Council


And the average price for a hotel room in Edinburgh was £103 per night in 2017, compared to £149 in London, and up by 10.4 per cent from 2016.

Edinburgh draws in more oversees visitors per year than other UK cities outside London. And the average length of stay for overseas visitors to Edinburgh and the Lothians was 5.3 nights.

Based on detailed figures for 2016, around 4.26 million visitors - both domestic and overseas - stayed a total of 15.63 million bed nights in Edinburgh and the Lothians and spend £1.5 billion.

Visitors staying overnight in the Capital spent over £117 per person per day, up by around £10 on the same period as the previous year...

Full story via the Edinburgh Evening News





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