Hotel Shortages Cost Aberdeen £16m

26th February 2008 (Last Updated February 26th, 2008 10:03)

The Scottish city of Aberdeen lost around £16m in tourism income in 2007 due to a lack of hotel accommodation, VisitScotland head Ian Dunlop says. Dunlop says feedback from conference organisers who wished to go to Aberdeen showed they went elsewhere because of a lack of suitable hotels

The Scottish city of Aberdeen lost around £16m in tourism income in 2007 due to a lack of hotel accommodation, VisitScotland head Ian Dunlop says.

Dunlop says feedback from conference organisers who wished to go to Aberdeen showed they went elsewhere because of a lack of suitable hotels, the BBC reports.

“We hope new hotels in the pipeline will make sure we secure these conferences,” he says.

“We are trying to attract quite big conferences to Aberdeen and they are very pleased with what they see in terms of conference facilities and the city itself.”

Dunlop says the city is unable to host 400 people close to the exhibition and conference centre.

By staff writer