Occupancy hit by downturn says research

Room occupancy in June fell for hotels in London and across the country, according to research published by industry consultancy firm PFK. London hotels witnessed a 6.3% drop on the same period in the previous year, while occupancy at regional hotels fell by 0.9% – the first decline this year. Average occupancy at London properties was 82.5% and 74.2% at regional hotels. "This is the first month we have recorded a weakening of room occupancy outside London. Hotels are starting to suffer from the impact of poor summer bookings as a result of foot and mouth, and the US economic downturn. And there is evidence that discounting is putting pressure on room rates," said PKF managing director Melvin Gold.

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