North West cities in top 10 for hotel investment

20th November 2019, 1:52 pm

Manchester and Liverpool are among the UK’s top 10 most attractive cities for hotel investment, according to research by Deloitte.

The business advisory firm’s European Hotel Industry Survey reveals that Manchester was ranked the UK’s fourth most attractive city for hotel investment, following a survey of more than 100 senior figures from the international hospitality sector. Liverpool was also seen as an attractive proposition, with investors ranking the city ninth in the UK.

Nationally, Edinburgh topped the list of cities most attractive to investors for the sixth year running, followed by Cambridge and Oxford. Across Europe, Amsterdam was ranked highest for the fourth consecutive year, with London falling behind Paris into third and Lisbon and Madrid rounding out the top five.

Despite the success of the regional cities, 68 per cent of investors felt that Brexit made the regions less attractive for investment, with the majority also believing that revenues per available room will be negative or flat over the coming year. This differs significantly to the state of the capital, with 42 per cent of investors believing that London will not be affected by Brexit and 53 per cent expecting positive revenues per available room growth.

Simon Bedford, partner and head of Deloitte Real Estate, said: “While both Manchester and Liverpool are extremely attractive to investors, it is a very mixed position across the UK and one only has to scratch away at this surface to see thriving major cities and a struggle outside major financial centres. There are much larger variances in performance between markets in the regions, due to the pace of growth slowing down and the changing landscape of supply in key locations suppressing rates. While a weaker pound continues to support inbound and domestic leisure travel, the same cannot be said for corporate demand.”

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