The business behind three of the best known inns in Wales and the West has seen a recovery across the sector in February, as the hospitality industry continues to bounce back from the winter storms of 2014.
EATDRINKSLEEP, which runs The Old Coastguard in Mousehole, The Gurnard’s Head near Zennor and the award-winning Felin Fach Griffin, near Brecon, has seen year-on-year turnover last month increase by 33.3%, with room occupancy at 80.36%, compared to 54.97% during the same period in 2014.
Group turnover was up by 22.8% in January and February as a while.
The healthy results signifies a strong recovery for the area after the brutal impact of the winter storms of 2014, which saw the main train link to the South West at Dawlish destroyed, meaning tourism throughout the UK and particularly Cornwall suffered a damaging blow.
Edmund Inkin, joint owner of EATDRINKSLEEP, commented: “We knew from previous years that both Cornwall and Wales can be vibrant tourist destinations throughout the year. The storms last year were so devastating to both regions, not only physically, but also in the minds of those who’d normally visit. It’s good to demonstrate that guests will come to Cornwall and Wales from January right through to December.”
He added: “We’ve managed to achieve high occupancy levels without resorting to the online discounting agents used by many hotels and which we think are a leech on the profitability of small hotels in this industry. Our guests seem to respond well to our packaged offers and we are seeing higher levels of crossover business than we have ever seen before.”