Paul Pavli, non-executive director at The Yummy Collection, has said the announcement of rail strikes in December and January has lost out on £70,000 of bookings across two of the group’s London sites, The Telegraph reports.

“This is a killer. It’s the week everyone’s out having parties,” Pavli said. “We have an apartment on the top floor which was booked every single day that week for £500 per night. The end of that week is the World Cup final. It couldn’t be a worse week.”

Earlier this week, unions announced strike action across eight days on 13, 14, 16, and 17 December, and 3, 4, 6, and 7 January.

“In a normal year, December keeps businesses going until Easter when better weather comes in,” Pavli commented.

Trade bodies including UKHospitality have called for a resolution, warning the strikes will be “devastating” for the sector.