East Lothian tourists choose independent vacations as ‘lifestyle travel’ advice put it

Vacation rentals are no longer a budget option but have become a “lifestyle” choice, according to an apartment owner in Gullane.

The growing popularity of AirBnB properties and stays is being used to advocate for the use of a three bedroom property in the city of East Lothian as a vacation rental.

Felicity Rabbitte has requested a retrospective change of use for the apartment, in Marine House, which is on Main Street.

And she pointed to recent surveys of tourists visiting East Lothian and across Scotland to make her point.

Referring to an AirBnB study which estimated that its listings alone generated 1.6 million visitors in 2018, with an average of 52 visitors per year for each short-term rental, she said that while the Gullane property does not wasn’t using his platform, the evidence showed a change in attitude towards self-healing. .

She said: “Independent catering is no longer a budget affair now – it is much more of a lifestyle trip – people want their own private space and clients want to be able to work in their apartments.

“People are more special now. It’s about lifestyle, cooking and private and flexible space.”

And in her statement calling for the change in use of the apartment, she said an investigation commissioned by East Lothian Council found that half of all overnight visitors to the county were staying in parks. caravans or rented apartments or houses.

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She said recent surveys of visitors to East Lothian have highlighted the need for more flexible accommodation to encourage them to stay.

She said: “It’s about the tourism industry – driving it and growing it, people are spending money in the economy.

“The hotels cannot handle the volume of people visiting the area. There has to be more accommodation if tourism is going to continue to grow and this is great for the local economy.”

The change in use request is studied by the agents and can be viewed on the council’s planning portal.

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