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The occupancy surveys provide trend information on the demand for tourist accommodation in Wales for July to September 2023.

This Accommodation Occupancy report provides information on the occupancy levels of serviced and self-catering accommodation, as well as hostels and camping/caravan sites. There is also third-party data from Transparent (short term lets), and STR Global (large hotel chains).

Serviced accomodation

  • Occupancy has risen steadily throughout 2023, peaking in August and starting to decline in September.
  • Regional occupancy continues to hold a similar pattern with North Wales having the highest occupancy levels (80%).


  • Occupancy data from STR continues to show parity or slight underperformance year on year compared with 2022.

Self catering

  • Unit occupancy rose 19% from Q2 to Q3 (85% occupancy)
  • During Q3 South West data, a key contributor (92%), did not supply data, which has pushed the average for this month higher than it would have been. 
  • Businesses with properties with more than 11 beds achieved the highest occupancy levels (91%)
  • Smaller properties (1 to 3 beds, and 4 to 10 beds) achieved identical levels at 76%.
  • Occupancy levels for short term rentals saw an increase to 68% in Q3.


  • This sector has shown large quarterly growth bringing occupancy levels slightly closer to other sectors within the WAOS. Peaking at 71% in August.

Camping and caravan

  • Overall, the sector appeared to be performing stronger earlier in the year, peaking at 77% in June, with a trend of decline throughout the year, this stands in comparison to other sectors that show a higher peak towards July and August.


Wales tourism accommodation occupancy surveys: July to September 2023 , file type: PDF, file size: 2 MB

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