Contrary to your article about Edinburgh hotels suffering a fall in occupancy rates (27 February), I think there is much to be optimistic about.
A PricewaterhouseCoopers report stated that the impact of London 2012 was a one-off and would not be repeated this year, with occupancy rates expected to rise. With both the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup coming to Scotland next year the outlook is very positive.
As pointed out in the comment we provided, hotel developers continue to show a lot of interest in the capital, with several new premises opening last year and more planned for 2013.
Just last week councillors approved plans to convert Baxter’s Place into a 239-bed hotel. Recent investment includes a major, £24 million, refurbishment of the five star Caledonian hotel on Princes Street by luxury brand Waldorf Astoria, and Motel One has recently opened its doors at the foot of Cockburn Street.
You correctly reported that we are not complacent, though, and we will continue to work with developers and investors. We do need to pay heed to statistics such as occupancy rates.
However, they don’t represent the whole picture and there is cause for optimism in both Edinburgh’s continued status as an award-winning international destination – the city won “Europe’s Leading Destination” 2012 at the World Travel Awards – and in the number of planning applications we are receiving.
(Cllr) Frank Ross
The City of Edinburgh Council