SLH group sees 25% revenue surge

The 400-strong independent group Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) recorded a 25% surge in revenues from reservations over the past year, according to its latest financial figures. The rise is to almost £46m is supported by a climb in total reservations of 16%, while the average daily rate grew to to £173 per night, just less than 10% against 2005's figures. "Our mission to find the very best hotels around the world that will deliver unique experiences to a very discerning group of guests is working well, as the numbers indicate,” said SLH joint managing director Paul Kerr. SLH includes 26 English and nine Irish properties in its portfolio. Kerr added that while London and Paris continued to deliver the highest revenue for the group, Germany, Italy (specifically Florence and Venice), Ireland and Thailand showed significant improvement over the previous year. With a weakening dollar and fewer Americans travelling further afield, the US was the number one destination in 2006, followed by the UK and France.

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