Ho­tel book­ings con­tinue to soar

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NEW fig­ures show that more peo­ple are book­ing into the bor­ough’s ho­tels in a boost to the vis­i­tor econ­omy.

Cheshire East’s ho­tel sec­tor saw an­other rise in busi­ness in Au­gust, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures is­sued by the coun­cil’s vis­i­tor econ­omy team.

Room oc­cu­pancy rose by 3.7 per cent in Au­gust com­pared with Au­gust 2016. The hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try recorded a 81.1 per cent ho­tel oc­cu­pancy rate com­pared to 78.2 per cent in 2016. The av­er­age ho­tel room rate also rose – from £59.67 in 2016 to £61.30 in 2017.

This ex­ceeded the av­er­age oc­cu­pancy rate for Manch­ester and for Cheshire and War­ring­ton as a whole.

Coun Glen Wil­liams, cab­i­net sup­port mem­ber with re­spon­si­bil­ity for tourism and the vis­i­tor econ­omy, said: “These fig­ures are un­de­ni­able proof that the bor­ough’s hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor is on tar­get to achieve our goal of £1bn value by 2020.

“As a coun­cil, we con­tinue to do all we can to sup­port the events and at­trac­tions that draw vis­i­tors into the bor­ough, while at the same time pro­mot­ing the right kind of cli­mate and eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment to en­able the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor to grow and thrive.”

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