Room for Expansion12/02/2018
Cask Marque director Paul Nunny said: "Visit Britain has gone even further and promised to use their 22 overseas hubs to promote pub accommodation. With the devalued pound, there is a strong attraction for people to visit Britain and this will be one of the key areas the Government will support after Brexit". Backing these figures was a survey conducted by Visit England where almost half of those asked said they would rather stay in a pub than a hotel.
According to Great British Pub of the Year winner licensee Dominic Worrall, owner of the Bull in Ditchling, East Sussex, accommodation is a huge opportunity for pubs and should not be overlooked, especially as more than 36m overseas tourists came to Britain in 2016. Worrall also said that while putting rooms into a pub means the business becomes a 24-hour operation and adds staffing costs, it also adds more to the bottom line. The Bull currently has four rooms and earns £12,000 net profit per year, per room.
The article is taken from the Morning Advertiser 29 January 2018.