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Hotel Occupancy In Belfast Declined Almost 60% Year-On-Year In July

By Dave Simpson

Hotel occupancy in Belfast declined by almost 60% year-on-year in July from close to 80% to 21.4%, according to the Northern Irish Hotels Federation (NIHF).

However, hotels in Belfast only started to reopen in July following temporary closures due to the COVID-19 crisis, and not all of the city's hotels reopened last month. Additionally, the number of rooms available was limited due to social distancing measures.

The NIHF said that Belfast hotels are currently reporting occupancy rates of close to 56%, and, citing statistics from hotel market data firm STR, stated that occupancy was almost 88% during the first two weeks of August, but warned that revenues will be down from £1 billion last year to nearer to £500 million this year.

Occupancy Across Northern Ireland

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Occupancy across Northern Ireland was 24.9% in July, with the average price of a room being £78.13, as reported by The Belfast Telegraph.

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