Re­sorts sees reser­va­tions at ho­tels up 66% BOOK­ING THE TREND

North Wales Weekly News - - NEWS - BY MARI JONES

SUM­MER book­ings to the ‘Queen of Welsh Re­sorts’ have in­creased by an as­ton­ish­ing 66% in just five years ac­cord­ing to a lead­ing online travel site.

Vic­to­rian sea­side favourite Llan­dudno saw the amaz­ing rise in ho­tel book­ings for July and Au­gust com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2010.

The travel site praises the town for its “stun­ning shores and views as far as Snow­do­nia make this sea­side town one of the pret­ti­est in the UK.”

Su­nitta Ka­toch, who owns and runs the Space bou­tique ho­tel with her hus­band, and also owns Jaya res­tau­rant, be­lieves Llan­dudno looks on the up.

She said: “I think Llan­dudno is now of­fer­ing more, on the High Street we have things like Cafe Nero and Costa, but we also of­fer some­thing like Char­ac­ters cafe, it’s a good eclec­tic mix.

“We are full for much of the sum­mer, and it’s a good mix of peo­ple from all over the UK.”

Es­ther Roberts, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of North Wales Tourism said: “It’s very en­cour­ag­ing that the Bri­tish public are de­cid­ing to hol­i­day in once again in Bri­tish sea­side re­sorts like Llan­dudno.

“I think events such as Ac­cess All Eirias, Wales Rally GB and the Llan­dudno Jazz Fes­ti­val which is tak­ing place this week­end drives busi­ness into the area.”

There has been mil­lions of pounds of in­ward in­vest­ment com­ing into the town this year.

The Llan­dudno Bay Tree ho­tel has just re­opened fol­low­ing a £6m re­fur­bish­ment.

Mbi Con­sult­ing Lim­ited, which owns the ho­tel, is now busily re­fur­bish­ing the for­mer Bel­mont Ho­tel.

This sum­mer has also seen the open­ing of Trav­elodge at the for­mer Clarence Ho­tel.

Also the fam­ily who own 11-be­d­roomed Law­ton Court Ho­tel, re­cently came sec­ond in the list of the world’s top 10 small­est ho­tels in travel web­site Tri­pAd­vi­sor’s 2015 Trav­ellers’ Choice awards.

Its sis­ter ho­tel run by Ian and Carol-Lynn Rob­bins treats guests so well that their Lau­ris­ton Court Ho­tel beat 650,000 oth­ers world­wide to win the world-class ser­vice award from the Tri­pAd­vi­sor travel web­site.

The ho­tel also came sixth in the best bar­gain ho­tel in the world rank­ings.

Carol-Lynn said: “I’m not sur­prised at all by find­ings, the whole of Llan­dudno is buzzing at the mo­ment.

“It’s very much on the up, you feel it when you walk about the town.”

She added: “We are get­ting a lot more Lon­don­ers and peo­ple from the South of Eng­land.

“When they come here they can’t be­lieve how lovely it is and al­ways book again for another hol­i­day.”

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