STAYCATION holidays are expected to boom again this summer, despite breaking records last summer.
UK tour operators are already seeing holidays sell out in popular parts of the country as families who missed out on last summer opt for a staycation in 2022.
Steve Jarvis, co-founder of Independent Cottages, said: “Last summer saw huge demand for UK holidays, with demand often far exceeding supply, and everyone that I speak to in the industry agrees that 2022 will be another busy year.
“However, some holidaymakers are likely to face the same availability problems as last year if they leave it too late to book.
“Prior to coronavirus, the booking trend for UK holidays was becoming more and more last minute, but this has changed and people are booking their UK holidays well in advance.”
The most popular destination, he said, was the Lake District, closely followed by the Peak District and the Cotswolds.
Eight per cent of holidays booked in the first week of 2022 were for the Lake District, while the Peak District and Cotswolds were seven per cent of bookings each.
Steve said other parts were also selling out, including Pembrokeshire in Wales.
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He previously warned, “Even though we’re still only in the first month of the year some of our more popular areas are already booked up.”
Last summer, travel companies reported an “unprecedented” increase in bookings for this year too.
James Boyce, head of Hideaway Holiday Group, said it was “staggering” to see lets book out so quickly.
He said: “We have seen a seven times increase in advance bookings made this year for stays in 2022, in comparison with bookings made in 2019 for stays in 2020.”
Awaze, which owns Hoseasons and cottages.com – two of the biggest holiday letting websites – said bookings for this summer were up 82 per cent compared with the same point in 2019 for 2020’s summer season.
Bookings for the whole of 2022 are up 62 per cent by September 2021.
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By Kara Godfrey
Source: The Sun
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