Belfast hotels in the pink after Giro d'Italia helps raise profits
The average price of a hotel room in Belfast increased by 12% to £81 in the first half of 2014 compared to the same time last year, according to a new survey.
Boosted by events such as the start of the Giro d'Italia in May which attracted worldwide attention, hotel prices in Belfast have now increased after an initial dip in 2013, according to the latest Hotel Price Index.
The opposite was true for hotel prices in Londonderry, which decreased by 1% to £69 as its year as the first UK City of Culture came to an end.
The average rate in both cities was still well below the national average (£105), meaning great value for tourists. "It is interesting to note how various cultural events have influenced hotel prices in Northern Ireland, with prices decreasing in the UK's first City of Culture Derry/Londonderry and increasing by a staggering 12% in Belfast," said Kate Hopcraft of hotels.com.
In the UK in general the average price of a hotel room rose by 2% in the first half of 2014.
The average national rate was £105 per night, with prices rising in 38 of the 46 destinations covered by the report.