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UK hotel industry powered by Middle Eastern visitors

The data found that they’re actually spending 67 per cent more than the 104 UK average for a room each night, which made them the highest paying visitors in the country, though it’s a five per cent decline from 183 in 2013.

The Amba Hotel in Charing Cross has boasted of its dedication to customer service, revealing extensive research with global consumers ahead of its refurbishment from the previous Guoman Hotel brand in October 2014. As such, the location has climbed more than 50 places since then to reach the top ten London hotels on TripAdvisor at number four.

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Carolina Annand from, said: The UK is still able to interest international travellers across the globe to visit our culturally vibrant cities. With global events including the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup being hosted in the UK during 2014, it is clear travellers had plenty to witness while visiting.

In December 2014, Real Business observed Queen Elizabeth as a brand and business, investigating the impact she is set to have on the economy in 2015 as she is named the UK’s longest-reigning monarch on 9 September. 

It’s thought that local businesses will prosper from tourism as they did during events such as the Diamond Jubilee, which generated a retail spend of 508.9m, and hotel sales will likely benefit too.

Mexico was the second-highest spending country nation with 143 per night, up five per cent year-on-year, while Brazil and the US tied on 137 and experienced a two per cent fall and increase respectively.

Meanwhile, largest gains came from Spain and Italy, which increased eight per cent to 108, and Poland was the lowest spender with a two per cent increase from 89 to 92.

Annand, added: The overall price rise and continual encouragement from Middle Eastern travellers is good news for the UK hotel and tourism industry. With the pound ever increasing in strength against different currencies, we predict 2015 could see a further rise in average prices paid by inbound travellers.


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