Hotels in Aberdeen had the worst occupancy rates in the UK during 2017, new figures show.
More than one-third of rooms in Aberdeen were empty last year, with hotels in Europe’s oil and gas capital only 63.4% filled, according to accountancy and business advisory firm BDO.
In contrast, hotels in Inverness achieved 76.9% occupancy – but it was outshone by both Edinburgh and Glasgow, where 85.3% and 83.2% of available rooms were filled respectively.
Aberdeen also suffered the biggest drop in rooms yield in the UK last year, BDO’s Hotel Britain report says. On this widely-used industry measure of revenue, Aberdeen hotels earned £41.44 per room last year – down from £47.43 in 2016.
Andrew Martin, vice-chairman of Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels Association, said: “These figures reflect a situation where Monday to Thursday business tourism in the city has softened significantly since 2015. We have also seen a lot of new entrants coming into the market, adding new supply at the same time as room rates are under pressure.”