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The occupancy surveys provide trend information on the demand of tourist accommodation in Wales for 2018.

Main points

  • In 2018 Welsh hotels reported average room occupancy of 66% broadly on par with the recent five year trend.
  • 2018 was not as profitable as 2017 in terms of room revenue performance, although yields were higher compared to 2014, 2015 and 2016 levels.
  • Room occupancy levels across Wales in the Guest House/B&B sector fell slightly to 35%.
  • The annual self-catering average unit occupancy for all cottages and apartments was 55% with high levels of occupancy during peak periods. The average unit occupancy for the period May to October was 70%.
  • The 2018 seasonal average occupancy (May to October) for static caravans and holiday homes reached 88%. 
  • The annual average hostel and bunkhouse bed occupancy in 2018 was 53%.

Revision note

Due to a processing error, data relating to hotels with 51 to 100 rooms for 2018 have been revised since this report was published. Please see Wales tourism accommodation occupancy surveys: 2020 for updated figures.


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