Scottish Hotels Fare Best in UK

11th February 2010 (Last Updated February 11th, 2010 18:30)

A new study has found that the Scottish hotel sector fared much better than its English counterparts despite difficult trading conditions. The study, conducted by accountants PKF reveals that there has only been a 1.6% drop in occupancy rates in Scotland, which is lower than the 5

A new study has found that the Scottish hotel sector fared much better than its English counterparts despite difficult trading conditions.

The study, conducted by accountants PKF reveals that there has only been a 1.6% drop in occupancy rates in Scotland, which is lower than the 5.5% drop in England and 3.5% in Wales.

The highest occupancy outside of London is in Edinburgh, which increased by 2.1% to 77.9%, according to bbc.co.uk.

Room yield has also been better in Scotland than the rest of the UK.

Aberdeen and Glasgow did not perform as well as Edinburgh, with occupancy falling by 9.6% and 3.2%, respectively.

PKF Real Estate and the Hospitality sector partner Alastair Rae said a slight reduction in room yield aided in maintaining occupancy levels in Edinburgh.

“Edinburgh remains a real destination and the average occupancy figure of 77.9% for the year would seem to go some way to justifying the continuing investment in the hotel sector,” Rae said.

The average room yield in Edinburgh, at £68.58, was about £15 higher than any other destination outside London, according to the study.