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Hotel Occupancy Up In Greater Manchester

Manchester's hotel trade gets a trading upgrade

Published on December 1st 2011.


Hotel Occupancy Up In Greater Manchester

VISIT Manchester ’s latest occupancy data shows that the city’s hotels are at their busiest since 2003. 

With live events such as Sir Paul McCartney and Coldplay at the MEN Arena and the ever popular Christmas Markets; it is likely that there will be a significant demand for accommodation in the city centre.

In one weekend alone (8 -9 October) Peter Kay’s performance at the MEN Arena, The Rugby Superleague final at Old Trafford, the Manchester Food and Drink Festival and the Hindu Festival helped occupancy levels reach an average of 97%. 

The average hotel occupancy in the city centre for the entire month of October was 83%, compared to 75% for the same month in 2010.  Across Greater Manchester, the average occupancy level was 81%, up from 74% in 2010. 

The Conservative Party Conference at Manchester Central also contributed to this monthly average. 

Paul Simpson, managing director of Visit Manchester, said: “October is a particularly busy month for the city and key events are a big driver for the local economy. It’s great to see that visitors are making the most out their trip by staying overnight. 

“Looking ahead, we’re hopeful that December will continue this success. With live events such as Sir Paul McCartney and Coldplay at the MEN Arena and the ever popular Christmas Markets; it is likely that there will be a significant demand for accommodation in the city centre.” 

Manchester welcomes more than 800,000 international visitors each year. The city’s tourism industry generates £5.5 billion a year for the local economy and supports 75,000 full time equivalent jobs. 

www.visitmanchester.com  

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

the Whalley RangerDecember 1st 2011.

Don't do that 'supports x number of jobs' thing please - people are so sick of these pseudo stats...

Jonathan SchofieldDecember 1st 2011.

I think that figures such as these are uplifting and make rewarding reading. Yep the jobs thing worries me but the percentage occupancy rates smack of the truth and are encouraging.

I always think while we should love our city the civic authorities should be mature enough to take criticism where it's due. We only criticize because we love the place.

What is less rewarding is sheer bloody-minded negativity or suspicion about anything official from some of our citizenry. I can understand how this must really irritate city leaders and the people who work in the various departments. It irritates me and I don't work in these places.

I think these figures make for good reading. And good news.

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the Whalley RangerDecember 1st 2011.

I agree with you when you say that Occupancy Rates have some relevance - no intent at all to be negative, but one cringes when one appears to be regarded as two buttons short of a cardigan....

LukeDecember 4th 2011.

With this great news isn’t it time the city had the Hotels which have been planned for an age, bring on the Piccadilly Tower, Intercontinental Tower, Hardman Square. I ASK Manchester what our we doing ?, we need to take this city in to 21st century, like Birmingham, Liverpool and Leeds.

JamesDecember 4th 2011.

Luke as Whalley Ranger says above, are you two buttons short of a cardigan?

tblzebraDecember 4th 2011.

'...what our we doing?'

Luke, you could at least grammar check when you copy and paste the same response onto a few threads.

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