UK ‘Staycation’ boom predicted!
After recent news that British residents arriving in England from COVID hotspots will have to quarantine in hotels, many would-be holiday makers are thinking of opting for UK holiday destinations this summer. Understandable in the circumstances, as many people don’t want to undergo the ‘managed isolation process’ that requires you to spend 10 days in an isolation hotel upon your return to the UK.
However, there may be a huge shortage of the kind of UK accommodation Brits are looking for, say providers of holiday lets from cottages to campsites. Demand is on the increase and even the UK’s luxury hotels are expecting the move to give them a boost.
Sarah and Steve Jarvis, who run the independent cottages website listing more than 1,800 properties, say inquiries during the current lockdown in England are 300% up on the first lockdown in March to July 2020.
However, they also point out that many properties still need to honour bookings that were rolled over from 2020 because of earlier virus curbs, restricting availability for new requests.
“People started the year with bookings already in the calendar”, Sarah told the BBC. “We’re going to end up in a situation where we have demand outstripping supply again.”
“It’s almost like the perfect storm,” adds Steve. “People will be hesitant about going abroad with the new travel restrictions and the UK is looking like a very good option. People have got confidence in UK self-catering holidays, because the bookings are coming in thick and fast.”
All in all, this increase in demand will undoubtedly boost the UK’s hospitality sector one of the hardest hit during the Coronavirus pandemic. Meaning an even bigger increase in the usage of pubs and restaurants in surrounding areas of these holiday destinations that are hoping to be fully open after the 17th May just in time for the summer season to begin.
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