Bath tourism bosses to review ‘oversaturated’ hotel market

Tourism officials in Bath will reassess the impact of new hotels in the city after protests that the local market has too many rooms, writes Janet Harmer.

Between 2017 and 2019, an additional 500 bedrooms are expected to open, adding to the 1,500 rooms already the city.

David James, chief executive of Bath Tourism Plus, said: “We now feel the time is for reflection to assess the impact of these new developments before further additional accommodation is added to the city’s portfolio.

“It also has to be said that the impact of Airbnb was not identified as a factor in the last hotel demand study and Bath has seen a large growth in this new offering – over 800 rooms at the last count.”

Leading Bath hoteliers last week signed a letter protesting at the proposed development of a 206-bedroom hotel within the former Bath College Allen building development.

Photo credit: Bath & North East Somerset Council.