University of Kent summer B&B bookings increase 15% as European tourists flock to Canterbury
The University of Kent is on track to provide 200,000 bed nights to visitors to Canterbury staying on its campus in 2018, providing a major boost for the economy of the city and the wider county.
These bookings included 150 tour groups from Germany, 15 cycling groups from the Netherlands and groups from Belgium and France who visited for everything from cricket matches to walking tours, among other specialist activities.
For European tour operators the University campus and accommodation is particularly attractive thanks to an average satisfaction rating of between 8.3 and 8.5 on Booking.com and ample free parking for coaches.
The accommodation is provided to visitors during periods when it is not in use by students during Easter and summer vacations.
The accommodation has also been rated at between four and five stars by Visit England and the AA, with the University retaining this rating following the most recent inspection in September.
Kevin Stuckey, Director of Commercial Services at the University, said: 'It is fantastic to see the University is such a popular and well-regarded accommodation location for visitors to Canterbury. This also has a huge benefit to the local economy of the city and surrounding areas.'
The quality of the University's accommodation offering has been acknowledged by the travel industry for many years, having won the Best University Accommodation for groups at the Group Travel Organiser's Awards for the past 11 years.
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About University of Kent
Established in 1965, the University of Kent - the UK's European university - now has almost 20,000 students across campuses or study centres at Canterbury, Medway, Tonbridge, Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome.
It was ranked 22nd in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and in June 2017 was awarded a gold rating, the highest, in the UK Government's Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
In 2018 it was also ranked in the top 500 of Shanghai Ranking's Academic Ranking of World Universities and 47th in the Times Higher Education's (THE) new European Teaching Rankings.
Kent is ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity (REF 2014). It has world-leading research in all subjects and 97% of its research is deemed by the REF to be of international quality.
Along with the universities of East Anglia and Essex, Kent is a member of the Eastern Arc Research Consortium (www.kent.ac.uk/about/partnerships/eastern-arc.html).
The University is worth £0.7 billion to the economy of the south east and supports more than 7,800 jobs in the region. Student off-campus spend contributes £293.3m and 2,532 full-time-equivalent jobs to those totals.
Kent has received two Queen's Anniversary prizes for Higher and Further Education.