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London hotel searches plummet by 24% during Tube strike

Hotel searches to London fell by almost a quarter during the Tube strike, according to latest data.


Searches from the UK dropped by 24% while global searches to the capital saw a decline of 9%, according to hotel search website trivago.co.uk.


Searches for all future hotel stays in London dropped by only 4%, suggesting the decrease is both caused by and limited to the Tube strike, the company said.


The results came as trivago compared searches for a hotel stay during this week’s industrial action on the London Underground with the corresponding days during the previous week.


A spokeswoman said: “It is extremely rare to see a significant decrease in travel interest to a city as large as London.


“With around 3,000 hotels as bookable via trivago, a decrease of 24% is likely to have a significant effect on the city’s tourism over the two-day period.


“The decrease in hotel searches is just one indicator of the effects of the Tube strike, with visitors relying almost solely on the Underground system in order to travel within the city.”

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