Record-breaking summer for Derry
HOTELS in Derry enjoyed
a bumper summer with average occupancy rates of up
to 89% and a record 18,000 rooms sold in August
alone, new figures show.
Visit Derry reports today that summer 2016 saw the
highest hotel occupancy levels ever seen in the
July had an average occupancy of 84% while August
peaked at 89% - record highs for both seasonal
The previous record was August 2013 during City of
The record-breaking figures coupled with
neighbouring Donegal's Wild Atlantic Way exposure
are combining to make the North West an increasingly
must-see destination for visitors.
Derry Mayor, Cllr Hilary McClintock said overnight
visitors contributed almost £43m to the local
tourism economy with hotel occupancy a key indicator
of the region's attractiveness to tourists.
“This is also good news for potential investors
leading on future developments in the city following
recent hotel planning approvals by Council," she
Overnight visitors generate almost
£43m for Derry's tourism sector.
Meanwhile, Da Vinci's
Hotel general manager Andy O’Doherty said: “We had
our busiest August on record at the hotel and
September is looking very promising. Our increased
occupancy is due to a number of reasons; more large
scale events, a strong domestic market and a weak
pound attracting more out-of-state visitors. We have
seen the demand for rooms soar around Clipper and
the Foyle Cup which highlights yet again the
importance of a special events calendar for Derry."
Visit Derry works in partnership with more than 260
tourism providers to raise the region's profile in
national and international markets in collaboration
with Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland.