Durkan welcome for best ever month for Derry hotels

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Derry’s MP has welcomed the news that six months into the City of Culture year, hotels in Derry have had their best ever month.

Two weeks ago the Journal reported May was a record-breaking month for the city’s hotels - with the Derry Visitor and Convention Bureau (DVCB) revealing that the average hotel occupancy across the city was 80.68%.

This was 12% higher than that recorded for May 2012 (68.83%) and is the highest May occupancy ever recorded in the city.

The total number of hotel rooms sold increased by 32% in comparison to May 2012 and DVCB are reporting that this is the largest number of hotel rooms ever sold in one month (approx. 16,000) in the city.

SDLP MP Mark Durkan said: “I am delighted to hear the news that local hotels have broken all previous occupancy records for the month of May.

“The opportunities raised by City of Culture are already providing a springboard for long-lasting economic benefit to Derry – not least in terms of helping our tourism and hospitality sector to move forward and encourage more visitors to come here every year.”