Boom for hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS SME BUSINESS TIPS -

CHESHIRE East’s hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try en­joyed a boom year, with ho­tel room book­ings ris­ing by 2.1 per cent in 2015 – gen­er­at­ing a mas­sive £800m for the bor­ough.

Cheshire East’s hos­pi­tal­ity econ­omy was worth £152m com­pared with £218m in 2014, while the over­all vis­i­tor econ­omy is worth £800m.

Its per­for­mance also ex­ceeds the na­tional av­er­age with an in­crease in ho­tel oc­cu­pancy rates of 14pc since 2012, com­pared with a na­tional in­crease of 7.8pc.

A wide range of events and at­trac­tions are cred­ited for the bor­ough’s per­for­mance, and the prospect of stag­ing a leg of the fa­mous Tour of Bri­tain cy­cle race later this year will give an added injection of in­come to the in­dus­try.

Coun­cil­lor Les Gil­bert, Cab­i­net mem­ber in charge of com­mu­ni­ties, said: “This is fan­tas­tic news and sends out the mes­sage that there is al­ways a warm wel­come here in Cheshire East.

“I con­grat­u­late our hoteliers and guest house own­ers, who con­tinue to raise the bar in stan­dards so that our vis­i­tors know they will get qual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion with a smile and that there is plenty to do and see here through­out the year.”

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