Boom for hospitality industry
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.”