The opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup provided a boost to hotels in the host cities, which reported a \u2018significant\u2019 growth in revenue per available room (RevPAR).\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAccording to data collected by STR Global, opening weekend matches, which were held between September 18 and 20, resulted in RevPAR increases of more than 25% for each of the four cities over the course of the three days.\r\n\r\nCardiff reported a RevPAR increase of 148.5%, RevPAR in Gloucester was up 37.4%, followed by Brighton (28.2%) and London (27%).\r\n\r\nIn Cardiff, RevPAR grew year-over-year by more than 115% each day even though the market did not host a match on Friday.\r\n\r\nWhen Wales played host to Uruguay on Sunday at the Millennium Stadium, RevPAR increased by 194.6% to \u00a388.42. This was driven by a 35.6% increase in occupancy to 78.8% and a 117.2% rise in average daily rate to \u00a3112.18.\r\n\r\nGloucester reported RevPAR increases of more than 40% on both Saturday and Sunday, despite the city not hosting a match on Sunday. RevPAR reached \u00a383.73 for Saturday on the back of a 97.4% occupancy level and a 44.5% increase in ADR to \u00a386.\r\n\r\nBrighton hotels saw a minor dip in RevPAR on Friday (1.2%) but reported increases of 23.4% and 62.5% on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Saturday\u2019s RevPAR of \u00a3150 was driven by a 24.7% increase in ADR to \u00a3159.99.\r\n\r\nOn Sunday, RevPAR reached \u00a351.64 thanks to a 28.2% increase in occupancy to 60.1% and a 26.8% rise in ADR to \u00a385.99.\r\n\r\nMeanwhile, London\u2019s RevPAR growth was driven by ADR increases of more than 15% each day. Occupancy remained stable with the exception of a 12.3% increase to 79.3% on Sunday.\r\n\r\nThe opening ceremony and match featuring England and Fiji led to a 121.7% RevPAR increase on Friday for hotels within a 5-kilometer radius from Twickenham Stadium.\r\n\r\nThe Rugby World Cup, which runs until October 31, is expected to result in more than 400,000 international visitors and 2.45 million tickets sold.