Bristol among top UK cities to benefit from stay boom as hotel bookings soar



Bristol hotel bookings have surpassed 2019 levels for the first time since the start of the pandemic, according to a new study.

Data from the hotel commerce platform SiteMinder revealed that Bristol’s hotel booking performance this summer, compared to the same period in 2019, is 6% above the UK average.

That’s 24% more than London and well above many iconic European tourist destinations, including Barcelona, ​​Rome, Amsterdam, Paris and Vienna.

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The data was collected by SiteMinder’s World Hotel Index, which is used by 35,000 hotels and connected to more than 400 hotel reservation channels around the world.

He revealed that Bristol is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the stay boom, with bookings in the city reaching 100% of 2019 figures for the same period on August 2, 2021, and remaining stable since then.

Bristol hotel reservations currently represent 96 percent of their 2019 volumes, placing the city above London (72 percent of 2019 figures), Barcelona (83 percent), Paris (54 percent), Dublin (85 percent), Rome (62 percent), Amsterdam (59%), Berlin (80%), Prague (68%) and Vienna (57%).

Bristol’s meteoric recovery is part of a national trend, with hotel bookings for the UK as a whole standing at a solid 90% of pre-pandemic levels.

The UK’s strong performance is mainly driven by domestic tourism, with 94% of hotel bookings currently coming from within the country.

James Bishop of SiteMinder said: “Bristol’s strong hotel reservation figures are part of a sustained trend, with hotels in the city recording over 90% of 2019 figures each day since July 27, 2021 and reaching their best day since the August pandemic. 7 2021, at 101%.

“Bristol has firmly established itself as a preferred destination for UK travelers and is perfectly positioned to reap the rewards of pent-up demand, especially as the country reopens in light of the ongoing vaccination program.”

He continued, “What we are seeing is consistent with the findings of SiteMinder’s Changing Traveler Report 2021: UK Edition. , which found that nearly two-thirds of UK travelers plan to travel more or as much as before the pandemic.

“While challenges remain, after 18 months the recovery is now in sight for hosting providers nationwide who should continue to diligently ensure their business is in the best position to succeed now and in the future. the future, and look to technology as an essential catalyst. . “

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