The accountancy firm released preliminary figures that showed a 4.7 per cent rise in regional hotels’ occupancy to 83.7 per cent, while London occupancy grew by 2.9 per cent, reaching 89.1 per cent.
Average room rate for the regions went up 9.9 per cent to £64.99, pushing RevPAR up 15.1 per cent to £54.39. RevPAR in London rose by 2.2 per cent to £119.84 despite room rate remaining stable at £134.48 (-0.6 per cent).
BDO said the NATO Summit in Wales, the One Day Internationals across the country and the start of the corporate season helped to drive demand in London and the regions.
Robert Barnard, partner at BDO LLP, explained: “We all know that good weather brings tourists out in droves and the sunny September we’ve just experienced was testament to that. Couple this with the start of the corporate season and significant political and sporting events, hotels flourished in September. The UK hotel industry has certainly picked up in 2014.”
Preliminary data for September 2014
Final data for August 2014