Lanarkshire can now attract more conferences, meetings and events as new findings show there has been a significant increase in the area’s accommodation provision, with the number of beds available now nearly 8,000.
Commissioned by North Lanarkshire Council on behalf of North and South Lanarkshire Councils, the Tourism Accommodation Audit reveals that there has been a 12 per cent increase in the amount of bed-space in the region since 1999.
In total there are 3,069 bedrooms available across Lanarkshire, which has quadrupled from 532 in 1999. Of these, North Lanarkshire makes up 1,265 while South Lanarkshire offers 1,804 rooms.
Hotels account for more than two in every three (69 per cent) bedrooms available while self-catered accommodation accounts for 8 per cent.
The chairman of the Lanarkshire Area Tourism Partnership, Mark Calpin, said: “Following a year of hosting world class events, including the rowing and triathlon events at Strathclyde Country Park as part of the Commonwealth Games and the Pearl Izumi Tour Series in Motherwell, Lanarkshire has proved itself as an events destination. We want to capitalise on this and welcome more events as well as meetings and conferences to the area in the future.
“The fact that we can now accommodate more visitors is really encouraging as guaranteeing visitors can find somewhere suitable to stay is central to making this ambition happen. We want those looking for a venue to know that Lanarkshire is ready to welcome them with a great place to rest their weary head at the end of a day’s work.”