London hotels outperform UK as bookings dwindle

HOTEL occupancy in the capital has seen a marginal decline compared to the rest of the UK this year, according to figures out yesterday by accountancy firm Deloitte. <br /><br />Hotels in the UK have suffered a 10.9 per cent fall in revenue per available room (Revpar) during the first three quarters of 2009 to just &pound;60.<br /><br />But hoteliers in London have seen a smaller Revpar fall of 7.4 per cent to &pound;98, as &pound;10 was knocked off the average room rates compared to last year.<br /><br />Occupancy also saw a marginal decline of 0.2 per cent &ndash; taking total London hotel occupancy to 80.4 per cent. <br /><br />Deloitte hospitality managing partner Marvin Rust said: &ldquo;To achieve over 80 per cent occupancy during one of the most severe economic downturns in history is very impressive.&rdquo;