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Latest European data reveals UK hotel market struggles

11 January 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Pernille Thomsen
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The latest data released by UKHospitality, the single voice representing the UK’s hospitality sector, has revealed that the UK hotel market is underperforming compared to the EU average on every key metric. As we move into 2019, UKHospitality is urging the Government to foster an operating environment that enables the hotel market to thrive and remain competitive against European counterparts.

UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “Whilst we wait to review the full year figures for 2018, data showing the UK’s latest performance is a concern – particularly during a time of such great political and economic uncertainty. These figures arrive at a time when an ill-advised proposition of a Tourist Tax remains a possibility, Business Rates continue to damage the growth of the hospitality sector as a whole and more clarity is desperately needed on the Brexit deal and future immigration system. The decisions made in Westminster in 2019 will have a significant impact on our sector and we are making every effort to ensure that the Government fully understands what the sector needs to fulfil its growth potential and continue its significant contribution to the UK’s economic and social wellbeing.”

Latest Hotel Data[1]:

  • Monthly results – RevPAR change by country November 2018 vs November 2017

o   Euro average +4.5%

o   UK +1.7%

  • Monthly results – Occupancy Rate change by country November 2018 vs November 2017

o   Euro average +1.2%

o   UK +0.6%

  • Monthly results – ADR change by country November 2018 vs November 2017

o   Euro average +2.7%

o   UK +1.0%

  • YTD results – RevPAR change by country November 2018 vs November 2017

o   Euro average +4.1%

o   UK +1.0%

  • YTD results – Occupancy Rate change by country November 2018 vs November 2017

o   Euro average +1.0%

o   UK +0.6%

  • YTD results – ADR change by country November 2018 vs November 2017

o   Euro average +2.7%

o   UK +1.1%

-ENDS-

Notes to editors

For media enquiries please contact:

Fleet Street Communications                      ukhospitality@fsc.uk.com                            020 3567 5800

About UKHospitality
  • UKHospitality is the trade body representing the UK’s hospitality sector, established following a merger approved in February 2018 between the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and the British Hospitality Association (BHA)
  • UKHospitality is the authoritative voice for over 700 companies, 65,000 venues in a sector that employs 2.9 million
  • The body speaks on behalf of a wide range of leisure and ‘out-of-home’ businesses, from FTSE 100 enterprises to niche groups and independent single-site operators
  • For the first time, the sector has a single voice bringing together businesses from all aspects of hospitality; coffee shops, hotels, serviced apartments, pubs, restaurants, leisure parks, nightclubs, contract caterers, entertainment, stadia and visitor attractions
  • Engaging with government, the media and the public, UKHospitality works to develop a robust case on how to unlock the industry’s full potential as the biggest engine for growth in the economy and ensure that the industry’s needs are effectively represented
  • The sector creates £130bn in economic activity and generates £38bn of tax for the Exchequer, funding vital services
  • Hospitality represents 10% of UK employment, 6% of businesses and 5% of GDP
  • Hospitality is the 3rd largest private sector employer in the UK; double the size of financial services and bigger than automotive, pharmaceuticals and aerospace combined
  • Member benefits include free advice and expert guidance on regulation, finance and health and safety as well as savings on services from carefully selected business partners.


[1] Data collated from MKG x Hotrec Europe latest report, November 2018. The report presents the results of corporate brand hotels in Europe. The sample consists of a total of more than 6,500 hotels, representing more than 800,000 rooms. The breakdown by segment is as follows: 30% for Budget and Economic hotels, 30% for midscale hotels and 40% for upscale hotels.  


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