City’s hotels outperform rest of region

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Hotels in Sheffield have outperformed their counterparts in other centres across the Yorkshire region, according to figures released by accountants and business advisers BDO.

Occupancy levels in the city at the end of the first quarter of 2013 were 13.2 per cent ahead of the same period last year.

At the same time, room rates rose by 1.8 per cent, pushing yield – the revenue per available room – up from £29.54 to £34.03, an increase of 15.2 per cent.

BDO partner Paul Clarke said: “It is great to see such a strong set of results across the county, particularly for hoteliers in Sheffield who had a difficult first couple of months in 2013.”

Mr Clarke says recent bank holidays offered the perfect opportunity for weekend breaks, so the region’s cities might, hopefully, see a continuation in the trend as more people visited them.

In Leeds, occupancy levels rose 6.1 per cent, room rates rose 1.4 per cent and yield was up by 7.5 per cent, meanwhile, Harrogate’s occupancy was up 8.5 per cent and room yield up by 4.5 per cent, with a 3.7 per cent decrease in room rates.

York, however, suffered a 5.8 per cent fall in visitors and a 3.3 per cent fall in yield, with a 2.6 per cent increase in room rate.