South East England
We have been working with Tourism South East for the past 15 years on a Hotel Sector Shortage programme from which we have developed our Hotel Futures research approach. This commenced with a regional study in 2001 followed by a subsequent rolling programme of county and local studies. The programme has resulted in a comprehensive databank of information on hotel performance across the region that TSE and the region’s local authorities regularly draw on in relation to hotel planning and investment work.
Our work in the South East has also included a series of seminars on hotel development for local authority planning and inward investment officers, together with the preparation of local authority guidance on attracting hotel investment and hotel planning policy relating to both new hotel development and the retention of existing hotels. Hotel Solutions also presented this work and the guidance at a conference organised by Tourism South East in association with the Royal Town Planning Institute.
The Hotel Futures studies were identified by SEERA as good practice case studies in ‘Destination South East’ (the tourism sector document that informed the South East Plan policies), and the guidance prepared on Attracting Hotel Investment was endorsed by SEERA and sent to the ODPM as part of the evidence that informed the Good Practice Guide on Planning for Tourism.
‘Over the years we have commissioned Hotel Solutions on many occasions to undertake hotel market appraisals and support programmes encouraging hotel investment in our region. Their knowledge of the sector is second to none and their work is of the highest standard – thorough and packed with insight. Much of Hotel Solution’s’ work has stimulated new hotel investment in the South East or led to more informed planning policy. They are a rewarding company to work with that always goes the extra mile’.
Peter Colling, Managing Director, Tourism South East