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Occupancy rates are up for capital's hotels.

HOTELS in Cardiff are outperforming their counterparts across the UK in occupancy rates, research has revealed.

While occupancy has fallen an average of 1.4% in hotels across the UK until September this year, analysis by business advisory firmDeloitte found the Welsh capital saw a growth of 1.1% to an occupancy rate of 71.9%.

This is 0.9% greater than the regional UK hotel average.

However, the research also showed Cardiff had experienced a decline in average room rates of pounds 1 to pounds 63.

This is pounds 21 below the UK average, which has experienced a growth of 3.9%.

John Antoniazzi, partner at Deloitte Cardiff, said: "Cardiff really has bucked the trend when it comes to occupancy rates which are significantly better than other regional cities across the UK and this is great news."

Hilton Cardiff general manager Marie Fagan said she hoped the rest of the year would bring good results for the city.

She said: "It's terrific news that Cardiff as a destination is holding its own in terms of occupancy and clearly indicates people still want or need to travel. Our job as hoteliers is to ensure we are offering value for money in these competitive times and giving the customer a choice.

"October onwards is traditionally a strong period. With the lead-up to Christmas and the autumn internationals, the current trend is again set to deliver strong occupancy figures in Cardiff."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 1, 2008
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