Hotels in the U.K. posted their highest ever occupancy, average daily rate (ADR) and revenue per available room (RevPAR) levels for any H1 record. 

Compared with the first six months of 2016, the U.K. recorded a 1.7% increase in occupancy to an actual level of 75%, a 4.7% increase in ADR to GBP89and a 6.5% increase in RevPAR to GBP67.

The devaluation in the pound sterling following the June 2016 Brexit vote has resulted in strong tourism growth for the U.K., which has in turn benefitted the country’s hotel sector. According to recent figures published by VisitBritain, total visits to the U.K. were up 9% from January to May 2017. While arrivals from Europe were up just 5% during the first five months of the year, arrivals from North America increased 22%, and visits from the rest of the world were up 25%.

VisitBritain’s findings also show that visitor spending increased 14% for the January to May period, indicating that many travelers are taking advantage of the more favorable currency exchange rate. This aligns with the country’s hotel rate growth, which was particularly high in London, up 6.2% to GBP144 in H1. The U.K. capital continues to post performance growth, despite experiencing terror attacks in March and June.  

UK H1 Performance and visits - STR news

Comparing London with Regional U.K. (U.K. excluding London), ADR grew 3.2% in H1 to an actual level of GBP69—a record level for the first half of the year. Occupancy rose 1.2% in H1 to 74%—also an H1 record. In addition to hosting several high impact events in H1, including the Manchester International Festival, the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh and the Champions League Final 2017 in Cardiff, the pound devaluation has also resulted in more domestic holiday travel within Regional U.K. as travel outside the country is now more expensive for U.K. residents.  

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