Tourism buoyant for Glasgow's summer season

19 Jul 2012

Hotel bookings in Glasgow are at their highest in recent years, and the city is outperforming Manchester, Belfast, Liverpool, Cardiff, Hamburg, Prague and Copenhagen.

The latest available data, from the Lynn Jones Forecaster report, reported recently in the Evening Times, revealed that in May 81% of the city's room were occupied - a 13% increase on the same time last year.

Demand for hotel rooms in Glasgow is greater than anywhere else in Scotland.

Data from STR Global's Monthly UK Hotel Trends report shows Edinburgh recorded a 4% drop in hotel occupancy for May.

And the Glasgow's hotel occupancy boom is set to continue when the city hosts three major conferences at the SECC later this year.

The European Congress Of Immunology, Renewable UK 2012, and the International Conference On Drug Therapy In HIV will bring more than 10,000 delegates from across the world to Glasgow, as well as boosting the local economy by about £18million.

Duncan Johnston, general manager of the Carlton George Hotel and co-chairman of Greater Glasgow Hotels Association, said: "It is testament to Glasgow's strength and appeal, both as a short-break city and as a host for major events, that while many other cities are recording a drop in visitor numbers, hotel bookings in Glasgow remain strong."

To cope with the increase in visitors, thousands of extra seats have been introduced by Virgin Trains on services between London Euston and Glasgow Central.

Three extra trains - with more than 400 seats each - will run every weekday between the cities on key dates throughout the summer. 16 trains will travel every day between Glasgow and London during July, August and September.

Source: Evening Times - Glasgow's open for business