Six hundred per cent increase in hotel bedrooms

Lanarkshire Area Tourism Partnership chairman Mark Calpin.

Lanarkshire Area Tourism Partnership chairman Mark Calpin.

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New findings show that there has been a significant increase in accommodation provision for visitors to Lanarkshire.

North Lanarkshire Council commissioned TNS on behalf of both Lanarkshire councils to carry out a Tourism Accommodation Audit

It shows there has been a 12 per cent increase in the amount of places offering accommodation in the county since 1999, the last time a study of this scale was conducted.

Bed space is now estimated to accommodate 7,862 sleepers at any one time across all types of visitor accommodation from large multinational chains and independent hotels to small guest houses and B&Bs.

The research also shows 84 per cent of bed stock comes from the serviced sector such as hotels and 16 per cent from the non-serviced sector such as self-service apartments.

In total there are 3,069 bedrooms available across Lanarkshire, more than six times the 1999 figure of 532. Of these, North Lanarkshire has 1,265 while South Lanarkshire offers 1,804.

Hotels account for more than two thirds (69 per cent) of bedrooms available while self-catered accommodation accounts for eight per cent.

Lanarkshire Area Tourism Partnership chairman Mark Calpin said: “We want Lanarkshire to be one of UK’s tourism hot spots and following a year of hosting events such as the triathlon at Strathclyde Country Park as part of the Commonwealth Games and the Pearl Izumi Tour Series in Motherwell, Lanarkshire has proved itself as a world class destination.

“The fact we can now accommodate more visitors is really encouraging as guaranteeing visitors can find somewhere suitable to stay is central to making this ambition happen.

“We want those considering a holiday to know that Lanarkshire is ready to welcome them with a great place to rest their weary head at the end of a day of sight-seeing.”

For information on attractions and accommodation go to VisitLanarkshire