Dumfries & Galloway October Accommodation Performance

October 2015

Some 185 Dumfries & Galloway-based hoteliers, operators of B&Bs, self-catering cottages / apartments, guest houses, holiday parks, caravan and camping sites, amongst other accommodation providers shared performance figures with the Tourism Consumer Insights team . The findings will contribute towards the identification of business growth opportunities and input towards the Tourism Strategy for Dumfries and Galloway.

The 4 charts below show accommodation performance for different geographical areas of Dumfries & Galloway and for accommodation sub-sectors in the region.  Participating accommodation providers are given this and additional information to allow them to evaluate their performance against that of others.

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Average occupancy across all areas and sectors was 56.98% (down from September when it was 67.25%).

The average daily rate (i.e. average daily room rates for hotels, B&Bs, guest houses, etc; average self-catering unit rate for self-catering accommodation providers and average daily pitch rate for caravan / camping sites) was £55.13 (down from September when it was £60.89).



Industry Insight

Accommodation providers we surveyed shared the following comments about factors that affected September’s business:

Mostly positive comments were provided for this month:

– The operator of a Guest House in Stewartry said: “October continues to be one of my most important months with plenty of tourism related activities to draw in many first time visitors.”

– Another operator of a Hotel in Annandale & Eskdale said: “Occupancy and rate was helped this month with a few events at the Buccleuch Centre and 2 Shooting Party’s which gave us 100% occ over 5 nights in the month”

– The operator of a Guest House in Wigtownshire said: “While mostly astronomy guests there were some additional B&B only guests”

-Another operator of a Guest House in Nithsdale said:”BBC Springwatch provided a boost. Incredible that so many guests had never heard of, let alone visited Caerlaverock, which, in my opinion reflects negatively on official promotion of this region by the tourist board.”

-An operator of a Guest House in Annandale & Eskdale said:”Again a pattern of weekend bookings mostly.  Trade helped by weddings, a hill walking competition.”

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