Business travel is booming up north

Report finds hotels in northern cities are experiencing greatest growth in business travel bookings.

A report has revealed that hotels in the north of the UK have had the best year-on-year growth in corporate business travel bookings.

Of six cities that came out top in the report by independent travel agent consortium Advantage Travel Partnership, four were from the north of England.

Blackpool experienced the biggest growth in UK overnight business travel, with 55% more room nights booked in 2017 than in 2016.

In terms of sheer numbers, London took the top spot with an additional 33,000 nights booked. Worldwide, New York had the greatest year-on-year increase with a extra 94,000 room nights.

The 10 UK cities with the biggest percentage increase in business travel bookings between 2016 and 2017 are:

1. Blackpool - 55%
2. Peterborough - 48%
3. Preston - 35%
4. Bradford - 33%
5. Oxford - 25%
6. Sheffield - 24%
7. Cambridge - 22%
8. Edinburgh - 21%
9. Doncaster - 21%      
10. Coventry - 20%

Mandy Tythe-McCallum, head of Blackpool’s Business Tourism team, said: "Last year we launched a campaign called Blackpool is Booming, which highlighted that our business tourism was set to enjoy a massive increase thanks to £500m of new investment in the resort’s business tourism infrastructure. These figures demonstrate how that money is translating into increased corporate occupancy."


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