UK regional hotels outshine London rivals, says report | Leisure Opportunities
Leisure Opportunities

Leisure Opportunities

Job Search
see all jobs
Job opportunities
University of Brighton
£21,843 to £24,565 pa
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
JORVIK Viking Centre
£20,000 per year
York, United Kingdom
Forestry Commission
£29,401 - £32,486
Wendover, United Kingdom
Gateshead Council
£15,375 - £16,491 (Pro Rata)
Gateshead, United Kingdom
London Borough of Newham, United Kingdom

UK regional hotels outshine London rivals, says report

Job opportunities
Hull Culture and Leisure
30,785 - £33,437
location: Hull, United Kingdom
City University of London
£22,214 - £24,285 per annum
location: London, United Kingdom
Chesterton Sports Centre
£16,123 - £16,781 per annum, pro rata
location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
more jobs

Despite continued concerns that the UK’s tourism industry is too reliant on London, 2014 saw regional hotels outperform their counterparts in the capital for the first time in 14 years, according to a report released today (15 April).

Hotel Britain 2015 – compiled by business advisory and accountancy firm BDO based on data from 656 hotels – found that UK hotels outside of London returned strong figures across the board.

Average occupancy for the regions was up 2.3 per cent to 75.1 per cent for the year – the highest occupancy since the compilation of Hotel Britain statistics began in 2004. Average room rate for the regions was up 7.7 per cent on 2013 to £60.71 – pushing rooms yield up by 10.2 per cent to £45.60.

The regional success story continued with a rooms yield compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.9 per cent for 2010-2014, overtaking London for the first time since 2001-05.

Set against the backdrop of 4 per cent increase in supply, London hotels still maintained a very respectable 82.6 per cent average occupancy rate for the year. They also enjoyed a 0.9 per cent increase in average room rate to £148.42 – surpassing the 2008 peak of £137.47. As a result, rooms yield grew by 0.7 per cent to £122.61.

Reflecting the strong figures, transactional activity in the hotel sector also increased to £6.1bn – up 13 per cent on 2013 and the highest figure since 2006.

“The UK hotel sector has had a phenomenal year. Regional hotels have outperformed their London counterparts for the first time in 14 years, proving that the economic recovery is not just felt in the South East,” said Robert Barnard, partner at BDO.

“Hotels in London have also appeared to have recovered their pre-recession performance with strong occupancy, despite an increase in supply. All in all it’s clear that hotels across the UK have begun 2015 on a strong foundation.”

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Despite continued concerns that the UK’s tourism industry is too reliant on London, 2014 saw regional hotels outperform their counterparts in the capital for the first time in 14 years, according to a report released today (15 April).
2014 saw the re-launch of many high-profile hotels, like the five-star Cromlix Hotel in Perthshire, owned by Andy Murray / Cromlix


Construction is underway on two new live music venues and a leisure-filled “urban gallery” in central London, designed by British architects Orms. The St Giles ... Read more
The UK attracted a record number of overseas visitors during June – thanks largely to the collapse in the value of the pound since the ... Read more
Gym and health club operators need to engage with their members and focus on customer service to help them retain numbers. In the latest issue ... Read more
European low-cost gym chain Basic-Fit is on target to open 100 clubs this year after it reported revenue growth of 26 per cent in the ... Read more
Culture and tech projects in the North of England will soon be able to bid for a slice from a £15m (US$19.3m, €16.5m) funding pie, ... Read more
Fitness franchise énergie Group has opened thé Yard - a new signature training concept that will be rolled out at its énergie and Fit4less clubs ... Read more
Active IQ
Active IQ
Swiss artist Felice Varini and the Chilean architecture practice Pezo von Ellrichshausen have been commissioned to design an ambitious temporary outdoor structure in the historic ... Read more
Tech startup Neurable has taken virtual reality to the next level, creating computer interfaces for the brain to allow users to control the technology using ... Read more
The historic Grayshott Spa in Surrey has been acquired by Austria-based health and medical resort specialists the Lanserhof Group. The family-run Lanserhof, which owns spas ... Read more
A curatorial development fund worth £500,000 (US$645,000, €550,000) has been created to help already established curators of museums and galleries in the UK learn new ... Read more
The All England Club is pushing forward with its plans to cover the No. 1 Court at Wimbledon. The new, retractable roof will form part ... Read more
One of the biggest misconceptions made in the physical activity sector is that retired people cannot train hard. Writing in the latest issue of Health ... Read more
Spirit Fitness UK
Spirit Fitness UK
One of the UK's biggest destination spas, the Lifehouse Spa and Hotel in the village of Thorpe le Soken, Essex, has had expansion plans scuppered ... Read more
Table Tennis England’s public funding has been reinstated after the national governing body finally agreed to a package of reforms compliant with the government’s Code ... Read more
An increasing number of local authority-owned leisure centres are being upgraded with spa facilities, as operators embrace the emerging trend to provide members with wellness. ... Read more
1 - 15 of 36,649