County Durham

Hotel Solutions completed a comprehensive assessment of the future potential for hotel and visitor accommodation development in County Durham in 2012. The study looked at the potential for all forms of visitor accommodation including hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, farmhouse B&Bs, pub accommodation, holiday cottages, touring caravan and camping sites, glamping , holiday lodge parks, caravan holiday home parks, youth hostels, bunkhouse barns and outdoor activity holiday centres.

The study involved a comprehensive audit of all of these forms of visitor accommodation across the county; a survey of over 150 accommodation operators to gather occupancy data and market information; a review of likely future drivers of growth in accommodation demand across the county; a survey of developers, operators and investors of hotels and other forms of visitor accommodation to test potential interest and requirements; assessment of over 100 sites put forward as having potential for some form of visitor accommodation development; forecasting of hotel demand for Durham City; and review of relevant planning policy and strategy documents. Hotel Solutions was able to provide added value through building on our on-going national accommodation trends monitoring to deliver this module at limited cost, and also through using our established network of developer and investor contacts to warm up interest in opportunities which the client group picked up on as soon as the study was completed.