Travel: Mims Davies says staycations are 'the way to do it'
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The staycation trend is continuing, with Britons advance booking for 2022. Michael O’Leary, the Ryanair boss, has warned the price of holidays will surge next year, and Britons have reacted.
My Favourite Cottages has seen a surge of advance bookings.
It has now been reported that the company has seen an increase of 483 percent compared to last year.
Harry Roberts, Managing Director of the company, said: “Until recently, the majority of holidaymakers have been more cautious about booking in advance and instead opting for last minute bookings due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic.”
But the trend is changing.
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He said: “Now it seems consumers are becoming less worried about COVID-19 affecting their future holiday plans.
“With over three quarters of the UK double jabbed offering consumers peace of mind, it has boosted the public’s confidence in booking holidays for the future, resulting in a surge in advance bookings for 2022 and beyond.”
The surge is no small number, with many Britons advance booking to make sure they reserve their spots for next year.
“At My Favourite Cottages, we’ve seen an increase of 483 percent in advance bookings for 2022, notably from larger groups.
“We’ve also seen a high volume of enquiries for features such as hot tubs, sea views and dog friendly cottages – highlighting key features consumers want included in their staycations next year.”
With the surge in staycation bookings, next year’s outlook for the travel industry is bright.
This comes has reports of a Lake District hotel group has recorded its highest level of occupancy in its history this summer.
Dani Hope, a director of Lake District Hotels said: “Many people who were disappointed not to be able to stay with us during the summer season have instead booked for the autumn and winter months.
“Meanwhile Christmas is almost fully booked, with the New Year period following suit.”
While this is good news for the UK travel industry, this may mean the end of the year and 2022 will be a repeat of this summer, with Britons who did not book in advance left struggling to find a holiday.
Harry said: “While the demand in UK staycations has boosted the UK travel industry it has left some holidaymakers struggling to book as demand soared.”
He believed booking in advance is a smart move for Britons who don’t want to miss out on a holiday next year.
He said: “By booking in advance, not only are you less likely to struggle finding dates and accommodations that suit, but you can also potentially cut costs by finding the best deals available.
“If you have a specific criteria in mind, it’s highly recommended you book in advance to avoid disappointment.”
While international borders are widely reopening, the staycation trend taken up during Covid times will apparently carry on next year, and beyond.
Harry said: “It looks as if UK travel is still going to be very popular moving into 2022 and beyond.”
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