UK holiday prices increase by over 50% in some popular holiday destinations

As the UK prepares to exit the lockdown over the next few months, prices for stay breaks have skyrocketed.

Some seaside resorts have even doubled in cost, reports The Subway.

Search by consumer group Which one? found that destinations such as Whitby and St Ives are on average 35% more expensive than they usually are in summer.

The data compared the prices of 15 properties on Airbnb and Vrbo and revealed that one was even 70% more expensive than last year.

But, the biggest increase was for a one-bedroom apartment in Brighton on Airbnb which was 140% higher than last year.

In 2020 the maisonette cost £ 53 per night, but this summer it will set you back £ 127.

The biggest increase was for a one bedroom apartment in Brighton

Meanwhile, a week in St Ives has gone from £ 860 to £ 1,263.

And seven nights in Llandudno went from £ 427 to £ 596.

Some price increases haven’t been so dramatic, however, as a one-bed cottage in Scarborough is only up 7% from August of last year.

A week in St Ives has gone from £ 860 to £ 1,263.
A week in St Ives has gone from £ 860 to £ 1,263.

The lockdown roadmap means households can book independent UK holidays from April 12.

But no reservations involving two households are allowed before May 17th.

Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel said: “Many vacationers are looking forward to finally getting to sea this summer, so it is perhaps not surprising that high demand has also pushed up prices for some destinations.

“If people are prepared to pay more for their summer vacation this year, it is essential that they know that their money will be protected or returned to them hassle-free in case they are unable to travel.”

Airbnb told the Daily Star: “This misleading research presents isolated examples that are not representative of prices on Airbnb.

“A survey shows that more than half of UK customers choose Airbnb because it is more affordable than a hotel or other options.

“With the return of the Great British staycation on the horizon, hosts are ready to provide clean, private accommodation to help families and loved ones reconnect safely, and around half report relying on the extra income from accommodation. “

Vrbo said, “It does not set, change or influence the prices of the property chosen by a host.”

The Daily Star has contacted Vrbo for further comment.

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