‘Since the Prime Minister’s announcement this week that from the 4th July Holiday Cottages will be able to open their doors once again, we have seen record sales in the amount of staycations being booked by Brits!
Hoseasons, who specialise in luxury lodges, said they recorded one booking every 11 seconds within hours of the prime minister speaking.
Millions of people are expected to book holidays in the UK as travel abroad is still restricted to only essential trips.
Hoseasons and cottages.com both smashed previous record sales days on Tuesday with year-on-year sales up 270%, and 455% respectively.
Travel search engine Booking.com revealed the most desired locations in the UK on its website were Blackpool, Liverpool, Brighton, Bournemouth and Manchester. It said over the past few months since lockdown, in-country stays featured in over half of all searches put into wish lists on the site.
Here are some other staycation facts featured in the news this week:
James Warner Smith, of holiday company Cool Camping, said bookings on Tuesday soared by 750% compared with the same day last year.- Sky News
Holiday firms report record bookings for “staycations” which are expected to give the UK economy a much-needed boost. – Sky News
Hotel chain Best Western says it saw a 450 per cent spike in bookings over the past 24 hours alone, even before the Prime Minister’s announcement. – The Sun
Simon Altham, Chief Commercial Officer of Awaze UK says “At the moment holidaying closer to home is good for the soul and the UK economy.” – ITV News
The glamping specialists Canopy & Stars saw a 230% uplift in traffic to the site in the hour after Johnson’s speech. The surge follows its best booking week in its 10-year history.- The Guardian
With staying in the UK becoming the new going abroad we can’t help but feel excited about a busy year ahead! With so many idyllic holiday spots nearer home we predict the staycation is certainly here to stay.