Ho­tels at­tract cash bo­nanza

The Scarborough Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - by Carl Gav­aghan carl.gav­aghan@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @carl­gav­aghan

Scar­bor­ough’s ho­tel pro­vi­sion is un­der­go­ing a rapid change as mil­lions of pounds is be­ing ploughed into the town’s tourism mar­ket.

For­eign in­vestors and UK gi­ants are pump­ing money into Scar­bor­ough, which is sec­ond only to Lon­don for UK stay­ca­tion vis­i­tors. BIG CHANGES INCLUDE: The £15.5m pur­chase of the Crown Spa ho­tel by a Thai­land-based com­pany A Sin­ga­pore-based busi­ness­man buy­ing the cur­rently closed Bei­der­becke’s ho­tel

Premier Inn ex­tend­ing its Fal­con­ers Road site into Hun­triss Row with ma­jor in­vest­ment, cre­at­ing 88 ex­tra rooms

A 79-bed­room ho­tel to be built next to the Al­pa­mare Water­park in Bur­niston Road – again by Premier Inn

Cad­dick Devel­op­ments of­fer­ing a site for a new ho­tel with restau­rant at Scar­bor­ough Busi­ness Park

The Cres­cent Ho­tel in the town cen­tre up­grad­ing its rooms to meet a grow­ing busi­ness mar­ket.

The Crown Spa was bought by

Com­pass Hospi­tal­ity, and its chief ex­ec­u­tive said they had specif­i­cally been look­ing for an op­por­tu­nity in Scar­bor­ough.

Harmil Singh, said: “We are con­stantly learn­ing to adapt and ul­ti­mately shine in a mar­ket where we see real po­ten­tial for growth. The Crown Spa Ho­tel is a wel­come step in the right di­rec­tion for us, and we are op­ti­mistic in go­ing ahead.”

A con­cern has been the short­age of ho­tel rooms and also a wider range of qual­ity and stylish ho­tel op­tions, which are hin­der­ing the town’s abil­ity to hold con­fer­ences and cap­i­talise on large events. The rea­son be­hind Premier Inn’s ex­pan­sion into Hun­triss Row (see page 16) and the water­park site is due to the high oc­cu­pancy rate of its cur­rent ho­tel, which is av­er­ages out at 92% – one of the com­pany’s high­est.

Peter Bleach, owner of The Cres­cent ho­tel, is in­vest­ing tens of thou­sands of pounds in his 20 rooms to en­sure they meet the grow­ing de­mand.

He said: “We get a large num­ber of busi­ness peo­ple who ex­pect cer­tain things from a room, a good bed, USB sock­ets, smart TVs, steam show­ers and jacuzzi baths and a strong wi-fi sig­nal.

“We are see­ing the de­mand grow­ing, not just from what you’d call tra­di­tional busi­ness peo­ple but also con­trac­tors, we’ve had a few from the new potash mine plan stay­ing with us. The de­mand is there.”

Other ho­tels, such as the Red Lea, have in­vested heav­ily in new fit­ness equip­ment in four rooms.

There will be fur­ther de­mand for ho­tel places in 2018 when the Tour de York­shire re­turns to the town in May for the fourth time.

Fol­low­ing on from the water­park, next year Scar­bor­ough will fi­nally get its multi-screen cinema in the North Bay and can now boast a foot­ball sta­dium.

Oc­to­ber’s Engi­neer­ing Week and busi­ness din­ners or­gan­ised by the Scar­bor­ough Busi­ness Am­bas­sadors with sup­port from many key or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses, also at­tract key play­ers from across the re­gion and coun­try.

Peter Bleach, owner of The Cres­cent Ho­tel. He pre­vi­ously man­aged nearby Bei­der­becke’s

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