Council Able To Track Occupancy For First Time

For the first time, Councillors have been able to track the accommodation occupancy levels as reported at the start of each month.

And the figures explain why there’s been a recent move to convert to self-catering.

There are current 1194 self-catering bedspaces and 848 bedspaces in hotels or B&B’s.

At the start of June 2011 B&B’s had 13% of spaces free, but self-catering had only around half that availability.

July started with a fifth of B&B rooms available and 8% of self-catering unbooked, while August saw a quarter of B&Bs with space but less than 5% of self catering space was left.

In September, just under a third of B&B spaces were free and a fifth of self-catering was available.

The TIC tries to collate occupancy data based on the number of beds filled within each property and not on room or unit occupancy because a self-catering flat could be booked by a solo visitor.

Sophie Hughes from the TIC says by collating bed space data, the Council can build a clearer picture of whether properties are occupied to capacity.


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