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Resort hotels 'among the UK's priciest'

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 14, 2012

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HOTEL rooms in Newquay are the tenth most expensive in the UK, new statistics have claimed.

Discount bookings website Hotels.com says room prices soared by 12 per cent this year as owners sought to capitalise on the bank holidays, diamond jubilee and Olympic Games.

The figures, based on the website's own Hotel Price Index (HPI), show the resort was one of only ten UK destinations to see prices rise.

The increase was also the second largest in the UK after Belfast, which saw the average price of a room rise by 13 per cent.

In Newquay the average rose from £80 in the first half of 2011 to £89 for the same period this year.

Alison Couper from Hotels.com said the increase could be attributable to the extra day bank holiday granted on June 5 to mark the diamond jubilee.

"Always a popular destination for tourists, Newquay benefited considerably from the extended holiday this year, with local hotel prices reflecting the rise in demand," she said.

Owners have generally reported full hotels and guesthouses this year, with John Coltman, of the Trelinda Hotel, saying he had been booked up constantly.

Business leaders have claimed events such as the Olympic torch relay helped bring thousands of extra tourists to the resort.

The Cornish Guardian reported in May a claim by the Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) that the relay could have been worth almost £900,000 to the resort's economy.

It calculated that the 20,000 extra visitors were likely to have splashed out £886,600 over the course of the day.

The figure was based on footfall estimates by police and research carried out by the county's tourist board, VisitCornwall, which shows day visitors spend £44.33 on average.

At the time, BID manager Eve Wooldridge said the global spotlight was beginning to shine on Newquay.

The UK's top ten most expensive holiday destinations, in terms of hotel room prices, are:

1. St Andrews: £133

2. Bath: £112

3= London and St Peter Port, Guernsey: £111

5. Windsor £107

6. Oxford £99

7. Cambridge £97

8. Edinburgh £96

9. Windermere £96

10. Newquay £89

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  • Big_Ger  |  September 17 2012, 9:27AM

    Newquay_Loyal has hit the nail on the head. It seems that poor old Newquay cannot do a thing right if some are to be believed. Newquay is repositioning itself and attracting in money to the county. It should be praised for striking a balance between those who come to Cornwall for sun and sea holidays, and the more sedate tourists who want things like Eden, 15 Cornwall, Padstow and other attraction we have on offer.

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  • Fistral20  |  September 17 2012, 8:06AM

    Excellent post Newquay Loyal. I've been coming to Newquay for 15 years and visit around a dozen times a year, and there's definitely been an improvement this summer. Yes, stag and hen parties are still coming but in less numbers than previous years, maybe the message about zero tolerance policing is starting to be heard, and the Police are to be applauded on that. I also think you're right about the over 60's, whilst it's good that there's a cross section of ages visiting, I doubt they spend anywhere near as much as younger visitors, which, let's be honest, are the bread and butter for local businesses. Every time I've been there this tyear though, the town has been full of visitors, and more families than I've seen in a long time, so I can't understand why local businesses are saying the opposite, unless the visitors aren't spending. There are too many people who see reports like this as an opportunity to knock Newquay, I often wonder if the comments are from people who've never been outside the 1/4 mile of the Town Centre, and know nothing of Fistral, Pentire, Porth, Watergate etc etc etc.

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  • jimjams2011  |  September 16 2012, 12:04PM

    The business people of newquay have lost the plot. They will make more money by being cheaper as more people will come and spend more money. Charging the same prices as London is bonkers considering it is more cost effective to go abroad. The price of a pint in some places in newquay is outrageous!

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  • Newquay_Loyal  |  September 14 2012, 1:27PM

    Or is it, that Newquay hotels feel that they can charge these prices and that folk are willing to pay them ? It would be business suicide to charge more than someone is prepared to pay, so perhaps those who are coming are happy with the town. This year has seen fewer Stag parties and even less Hens, the night economy will always cause problems but are the high spenders really going to want to be in Sailors or Berties or anywhere in town after 10pm. No they will be enjoying the hotel bar or a restaurant away from the town centre. At the moment, town is full of 'Saga Louts' the over 60's who come to town, fill the hotels and spend a fiver a day locally maximum, are these visitors more beneficial to the economy ? We are a young vibrant town, we have Europes best surf scene, if we discourage the youngsters now, they will not come back when they have kids - I know plenty of those who were here on stag do's etc 10/15/20 years ago who come back year on year to campsites with their kids. The small amount of drug addicts and alcholics that Cornwall has is minimal in comparison to those upcountry, this has obviously not put folk off from coming. Perhaps instead of knocking the town constantly, we could rally around and support the work Newquay Bid are doing... I hope that those who are slating the town will visit the Harbour this weekend, Newquay Fish Festival showing off the very best of out town, our folk and our pride. If that is not to your taste, Newquay Football Club take on old foes Penzance AFC at Mount Wise Stadium 3.00pm Saturday, there is always something the locals are doing, try joining them.

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  • humpy1968  |  September 14 2012, 10:29AM

    Why would anyone want to holiday in Newquay?........extortionate cost of accommodation, poor weather, high cost of attractions, stag and hen parties galore, problems with homeless people and drug addicts (refer to recent news article). Greedy Hotel owners are not doing themselves any favours at all...........reduce your prices or lose any potential customers who will holiday abroad for less money and better weather.

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  • kernewekonan  |  September 14 2012, 10:07AM

    spain here we come, cheaper sunnier and a lot warmer.

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  • Phil_lip  |  September 14 2012, 9:47AM

    It is gems like The Godolphin that need support from the town's business leaders to show how friendly Newquay really is. For the woman presenting the show to walk in and find it spotless with people with such a welcoming attitude I wish them all the best for the next year.

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  • alangoudge  |  September 14 2012, 8:37AM

    With the exception of the "Godolphin", great showing on the Hotel Inspector.

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