A HOTEL association leader has today said there is confidence business will pick up – despite a drop in occupancy rates.
It comes as Offshore Europe starts – and a range of city hotels are still showing availability on the first day of the All-Energy conference held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.
This marks a stark contrast to the last time the event was in the city in 2013, when there was no accommodation left within 40 miles of the city and room rates skyrocketed to as much as ten times the normal rate.
However, chairman of Aberdeen City and Shire Hotel Association, Iain Watson, said there are simply more hotel rooms available in the Granite City now, compared to two years ago.
He said: “There are over 500 more hotel bedrooms than in 2013, so it stands to reason there will be a less pressure on hotels during key events.”