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Glasgow Airport has been announced as an official sponsor of The 2019 Solheim Cup, taking place at Gleneagles from September 09-15.

WestJet officially launched its route between Halifax, Canada, and London’s Gatwick Airport.

Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund awarded more than GBP145,000 (EUR163,426) this year to help support 75 charities and community groups in Glasgow, Renfrewshire, and East and West Dunbartonshire.

Following two years of declining profit, addresses in Glasgow recorded two consecutive months of profit growth.

Hotstats has released UK Chain Hotels Market Review February 2017, which revealed record performance in the West Midlands and growing momentum in Glasgow, despite declining parameters for properties near Heathrow Airport.

 

Record Occupancy in West Midlands Properties

 

Hoteliers in the West Midlands have achieved top line performance as occupancy in February soared beyond previous levels.

However, this has been at the expense of a 10.4 increase in rooms costs of sales to 10.5 percent of rooms revenue. 

A 5.1 percent increase in rooms payroll per available room resulted in rooms profit conversion at hotels to fall 0.6 percentage points to 67.7 percent of rooms revenue.

This came in the face of a 3.9 percent increase in RevPAR compared to February 2016.

Moreover, properties saw healthy growth in non-rooms revenue which contributed to a 3.3 percent year-on-year surge in total RevPAR and a 4.8 percent boost in gross operating profit per room.

 

Profit Declines at Heathrow Hotels

 

Even though Heathrow Airport recorded its best ever February, profit per room at nearby hotels fell 4.3 percent due to a 0.2 percent decrease in RevPAR to GBP57.21 (EUR67.03) in February.

This was driven by a 1.7 percentage point drop in occupancy, a despite a two percentage point jump in achieved average room rate.

While hotels in the area achieved rate growth in leisure and group leisure, up 3.1 percent and 10 percent, respectively, the volume of both sectors fell.

Furthermore, thanks to a 2.1 percent year-on-year rise in food and beverage revenue, properties revealed a 0.3 percent growth in revenue.

 

Promising Start to the Year in Glasgow

 

Following two years of declining profit, addresses in Glasgow have recorded two consecutive months of profit growth.

Overall, the addition of some 880 keys to the market since 2014, 73 percent of which are within the budget segment, has put pressure on achieved average room rate in the 12 months to February, which stands at GBP81.20 (EUR95.18).

During the month under review, properties revealed a 7.7 percent year-on-year boost in RevPAR, alongside a 6.2 percent rise in profit per room in the first two months of the year to GBP20.83 (EUR24.42).

Meanwhile, in January and February, both payroll and overheads rose, up 4.7 percent and 3.8 percent, correspondingly.

 

On the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day, Tourism Ireland joined celebrations in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Coatbridge in order to attract holidaymakers to Ireland.

Ryanair has expanded its network from Glasgow Airport by introducing two new routes to Krakow and Madrid, scheduled to take off this October.

Glasgow Airport welcomed 1,018,433 travellers in July, a year-on-year increase of 6.4 percent. The airfield, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, reported a 9.4 percent rise in international visitors

Qatar Airways has further extended its European reach with the introduction of scheduled services between Doha and Pisa. The flight was greeted by a celebratory water canon salute and a welcome ceremony