The political uncertainty surrounding our country and its departure from the EU hasn’t deterred business travellers from booking travel over to the UK, a new report has found.
According to research from Advantage Travel Partnership, a travel and travel management company, overall room nights booked by corporate travellers grew 8% across the top 250 UK cities, with London coming out as the favourite.
Work trips booked in the capital totalled 663,000 room nights in 2018, an increase of 5% compared to 2017.
Edinburgh however experienced the highest level of growth last year, with room nights booked increasing by 16%, Belfast was up 13% and Cardiff up 5%.
The 2018 Hotels Market Report analyses data from corporate hotel bookings made between January and December 2018 by Advantage’s TMC members, who represent around 40% of the UK business travel sector, highlighting business travel trends and booking behaviour.
The report also shows significant growth for cities in the Midlands and North East, with Derby seeing the highest growth with 31% more booked room nights compared to 2017, while York, Nottingham and Gateshead also saw double-digit percentage increases.
Neil Armorgie, global product director at Advantage, commented: “It is clear that the corporate hotel sector continues to grow, with another significant increase in bookings year-on-year, made by independent TMCs. Despite continued uncertainty in both the global and UK economies including Brexit, hotel room night demand is at record levels in many destinations, providing a welcome boost for our members.
“Although not all destinations in Britain saw an increase in room nights booked, ADR remained strong.”