Spike in UK stays as travel restrictions and slower rollout of Covid-19 vaccine shakes confidence

Travel restrictions and the slower rollout of the coronavirus vaccine in Europe have caused an increase in summer stays, with prices for some UK holiday accommodation more than doubling.

Companies such as Marvel, which is the largest operator of holiday cottages in the UK, has reported double-digit price increases, according to the Financial Time.

The increases were mostly in bookings in the summer, when the lockdown is expected to be lifted.

Price increase

Pet-friendly accommodations and accommodations with hot tubs are especially in demand, according to Awaze.

Average nightly rates for short-term rentals and independent hotels in the UK rose 59% in June this year compared to June last year, according to Guesty, a property management service that operates on booking platforms such as Airbnb and Booking.com.

Prices for July and August, he added, are more than 38% higher than the same period last year.

Sarah and Steve Jarvis, who run the Independent gites The website which lists more than 1,800 UK properties believes demand will once again exceed supply.

A couple relax outside their beach hut in Bournemouth, Dorset, in June last year as many enjoyed a stay in warm weather (Photo: Andrew Matthews / PA)

‘Perfect storm’

Mr Jarvis told the BBC: “It’s almost like the perfect storm. People will be reluctant to go abroad with the new travel restrictions and the UK seems like a very good option. ”

Julliette Hautot, who directs Trencreek Holiday Park in Newquay, Cornwall, with her husband said she had seen a surge in bookings.

The park offers a mix of camping and self-catering accommodation.

Ms Hautot has also noticed a lot more inquiries for September stays than usual, which could suggest people think restrictions will ease much later in the year.

Miss to win

Data shows that many consumers appear to postpone booking Mediterranean beach vacations until later in the year.

However, despite the increase in stays, this will not make up for the huge losses suffered during the pandemic.

Visit Britain said he expected nearly £ 30bn in domestic tourism spending to fall in 2021 from 2019 levels.

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