Posted on September 28, 2016 by staff

Warm Northern hospitality boosting hotel sector


A “fantastic” variety of hotels in Manchester offering warm Northern hospitality are helping the sector thrive.

That is the view of Adrian Ellis, general manager of the prestigious Lowry Hotel in the city.

The Lowry, which recently revealed a 60 per cent rise in profits, underwent a multi-million pound transformation in 2015 and describes itself as Manchester’s first five-star hotel.

The contemporary hotel on the banks of the River Irwell, part of the Leading Hotels of The World group, has just refurbished its spa and banqueting suites and expects to reap the rewards in the coming years.

It is one of several exciting developments which Ellis, who will speak at BusinessCloud’s business breakfast on the future of Manchester’s hotel sector on Thursday 13th October, says showcase the city’s vibrancy.

“Manchester hotels continue to offer a fantastic variety of facilities and services whilst at the same time exemplifying the warm northern hospitality that is characteristic of the region,” he told BusinessCloud.

“The outlook looks extremely positive as the sector continues to thrive as Manchester becomes a truly international destination.”

You can look inside The Lowry Hotel using the Google Street View tool below.

INNSIDE By Melia Manchester, Motel One, Hotel Gotham, King Street Townhouse and Hotel Football all opened last year while Hilton Hotels, EasyJet, Travelodge and the Topland Group have all announced plans for 2017.

Hotels also form a key part of Allied London’s £1 billion St John’s masterplan and Gary Neville’s and Ryan Giggs’ St Michael’s development.

Despite the glut of openings, Manchester enjoyed record occupancy rates as the city’s visitor economy continues to go from strength to strength on the back of the popularity of Manchester City and Manchester United.

“Manchester’s hotels sector continues to go from strength to strength with new hotels providing the customer with an ever increasing choice of accommodation and hospitality options in the city,” Ellis added.

“At the same time the demand continues to grow following increased investment, a growing corporate landscape, more events and cultural attractions and a fast increasing leisure offer that includes theatre, shopping, nightlife and football.”

What do you think the future of Manchester’s hotel sector looks like? Is the future niche or corporate? Can Manchester’s visitor economy sustain even more hotels?