Internet Business Prospers as Laterooms Does the Double

There is no evidence of business gloom at According to the latest reports bookings and visitors have double for second year running

Picture:The St David`s Hotel & Spa in Cardiff Bay, the Manchester based discount hotel room service has seen its business grow 100 percent for the second year in succession, with daily visitors to the site now hitting up to 30,000 and hotel room bookings reaching over £30 million in 2002.

Commenting on the growth, Sales Director, Chris Allen states, “We have seen steady growth since launching the service in 1999. Although times are tough, businessmen still need to stay in hotels and families like to take weekend breaks, so they search around for the best deals, and can save up to 70% at Laterooms.”

Although it is possible to book a room online at Laterooms, it would seem that customers prefer to search the website and then make the booking by telephone. As a result, Laterooms has expanded its call centre and plans to operate around the clock by June 2003.

ADVERTISEMENT, which has grown 50% each year since launching in September 1999, is the hotel industry’s, late availability database and represents over 49,000 hotels worldwide. Hoteliers simply log onto and offer tomorrow`s empty rooms at discounted prices. Over 30,000 net users log-on daily to pick through over 250,000 deals and visitors search the database by type accommodation type, region and destination required. These include notable spa hotels such as:

Bath Spa, Bath; Dalhousie Castle & Spa, Edinburgh; Danesfield House Hotel and Spa, Marlow; Five Lakes Hotel, Golf, Country Club & Spa, Maldon; Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, St Andrews; Rowhill Grange Hotel & Spa, Kent; Sopwell House Hotel, Country Club & Spa, St Albans; Runnymead Hotel & Spa, Surrey; The St David’s Hotel & Spa, Cardiff; Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa, Warwick.