This census includes:
- All Quality Assessed accommodation
- Accommodation listed in external business databases
- Accommodation registered with regional delivery partners (Regional Tourist Boards, Regional Development Agencies and Sub-Regional Partners)
Because the business landscape is constantly changing, not all businesses are listed in the sources we use and it's not always possible to source detailed information about numbers of rooms and bed-spaces.
It's difficult to know the exact size of the sector because there's no compulsory registration scheme for accommodation establishments in the UK. However, we are confident that our census captures the vast majority of accommodation businesses and provides a good estimate of accommodation stock in England.
This exercise was conducted in 2016.