UK: Travel management company Redfern has reported a significant rise in serviced apartment use among its clients.
Redfern, which provides travel booking services to the
government, public sector bodies large UK companies, says spend on
serviced apartments has increased by 25 per cent between January
and September this year, when compared with the same period in
The number of room nights booked in serviced apartments during that period has increased by 33 per cent, with apartments now accounting for 12 per cent of all overnight rooms in London.
Kate Wimpeney, Redfern's business development director, said: "Temporary relocation of employees is becoming increasingly common practice and we're seeing longer stays and increased spend in the serviced apartment sector. The growth is being driven by employers seeking good value and a 'home from home' experience for their employees. We're seeing a step-change in the sector, with big name hotel brands exploring ways to enter this growing market. The whole uplift is driving cost savings for our customers which is excellent news."
"One of the major benefits of serviced apartments is the ability to self-cater. This can make staying away from home easier and less stressful. Businesses and organisations from both the private and public sector are embracing serviced apartments, particularly for extended stays or repetitious weekly bookings. Our customers want to know their staff are comfortable, safe and happy. Beyond that there are financial benefits for our customers because average room rates are cheaper in the serviced accommodation sector," added Wimpeney.