HC Deb 31 March 2004 vol 419 cc1478-9W
Mr. Trimble

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hotel beds were available in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and what his estimates are for the occupation rates of hotel bedrooms in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. [164067]

Mr. Pearson

The hotel figures detailed as follows are prepared by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) Quality Assurance advisory staff at the time of the statutory inspection. These figures are published monthly in the Accommodation Survey in relation to Bed Occupancy.

The total number of hotel bed spaces available in Northern Ireland is detailed as follows.

Bed spaces per year
1999 11,163
2000 11,317
2001 11,927
2002 13,310
2003 13,247

The hotel bedroom occupancy rates in Northern Ireland for the last five years are as detailed in the following table. These figures have been taken from the NITB's Research Department's hotel occupancy report.

Percentage occupancy rates
Bedrooms Bed spaces
1999 53 34
2000 53 33
2001 53 33
2002 53 34
2003 56 37

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