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Hotel demand remains strong for ‘destination UK’, Expedia says

UK hoteliers enjoyed an encouraging start to summer thanks to a significant rise in hotel demand by international visitors, new data from the Expedia group has revealed. The findings drawn from Q2 2017 show that the London remains the top destination for travellers, with several other UK destinations showing encouraging signs of year-on-year growth. Demand for London remains strong, up almost 30% when compared to the same period last year, while Scotland and Surrey recorded the fastest growth of a reported 50%, followed by Yorkshire and Wales which both showed growths of around 40%. The findings show it was travellers


Bristol hotels enjoy summer business boom

Bristol hotels have seen a boost in visitors to the city, after a record number of people went there this summer. Hoteliers also benefited from displaced demand due to major events in nearby Cardiff, which did not have enough accommodation of its own. According to data from Destination Bristol, August 2017 saw the best weekend performance from Bristol hotels ever recorded. The data also reported visits to key Bristol attractions rose by up to 20% compared to August 2016. Meanwhile, HotStats said that Bristol was one of the top performing markets in the UK in July, and achieved a record


British hotels see strong start to holiday season

Hotels across the UK enjoyed a welcome boost in revenue per available room (RevPAR) and occupancy rates during July, the beginning of the peak holiday season, data by ALMR shows. British hotels in the maintained steady occupancy in July, with figures of 86% which were up by 0.3 points compared to June. Due to increased prices, RevPAR grew by 5.3% compared to the same month last year. The results tally with recent figures from VisitBritain which showed that the overall number of overseas visits to the UK for the first half of 2017 was a record-breaking 19.1 million, up 9%


VisitEngland extols youth ‘staycations’

VisitEngland has launched a new campaign encouraging young people from Great Britain and Northern Ireland to take a holiday at home in a bid to boost the UK’s tourism industry. Statistics show that 16-to-34 year olds took almost 1.4 million fewer holidays at home last year compared with a decade ago. VisitEngland’s £2.5m ‘Join the World – Discover the UK’ digital and social media campaign, launching on Monday 11 September, is targeting this ‘lost generation’ using overseas social media influencers and travellers to showcase the experiences that can be had on holiday in the UK. The campaign is run in


Thomson and named top travel brands

Travellers favour established brands and online travel booking sites, according to the latest Customer Engagement: Travel report released today by the DMA. When asked to name their favourite travel brand, Thomson was most mentioned, followed by and Thomas Cook. However, consumers also mentioned over 70 different brands, highlighting the wide range of brands engaging UK consumers. According to the research, conducted by the DMA and Foresight Factory, with partners Emarsys, Epsilon, Feefo and Wiraya, what consumers want more from travel brands is value for money, which was considered important by 59% of respondents, convenience which got a vote of

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