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North Wales climbs staycation league as people take short breaks to escape ‘gloom and doom’

A Travelodge survey ranked the region as the UK’s second most popular ‘rural’ destination for British holidaymakers in 2022.

The trend for short-stay trips in Britain is fuelling the popularity of North Wales as a staycation destination, according to a Travelodge study. With fewer people taking a traditional two-week holiday, regions close to big urban areas are attracting increasing numbers of visitors.

A survey of 2,000 holidaymakers by the hotel chain found that North Wales was the second most popular “rural” destination for Brits this summer, headed only by the Lake District in England. The findings reflected the pull of Snowdonia’s mountains but, for many, the region’s beaches were just as big a lure.

Travelodge’s latest Travel Index estimates 65% of Brits took their main holiday at home this year. Of these, 60% have so far taken three staycation breaks and may yet take another.

Around a third were families who usually take a main annual holiday but who instead took shorter UK breaks so that they could enjoy different experiences and locations. A quarter said they opted to take several UK short breaks as it “gave them something to look forward to against the gloom and doom of the global crisis”.

One big surprise in the survey was the appearance of Blackpool at the top of the list for “coastal” holidays – a position traditionally occupied by Cornwall and Devon. Taking second spot was Bridlington, Europe’s “lobster capital”, followed by Brighton.

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Travelodge spokesperson Shakila Ahmed believes the holiday trade is becoming more eclectic as people seek out different things to do closer to home. “More Britons are exploring hidden holiday gems that are on their doorstep than ever before,” he said.

“Record heatwaves this summer have also inspired Britons to take more spontaneous breaks to the great British countryside such as North Wales.”

For a third of Brits who opted for short breaks this year, they did so in order to catch up with family and friends. Almost as many saw short breaks as a way of keeping their children entertained during the summer school holidays.

As always, the weather was a big influence, with 29% of holidaymakers choosing to take spontaneous staycation breaks because of the summer heatwaves. Perhaps for the same reason, traditional seaside jaunts remained the nation’s favourite choice of holiday (35%) in 2022.

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Travelodge, which has 28 properties in Wales, estimates the UK staycation market was worth £30 billion in the year to date. So far 42% of Brits have been on holiday this year and feedback suggests this is one luxury they are unwilling to forego despite the current cost-of-living crisis.

Next year, this assertion will be sorely tested. Operators, hoteliers, B&B owners are fearing the worst with tourism expected to bear the brunt of household cutbacks. A fifth (21%) of Brits admitted it was just too expensive for them to holiday abroad this year.

Ironically it was the global financial crisis that helped underpin the domestic holiday sector this year. Travelodge’s latest Travel Index found 60% of those who choose not to travel abroad this summer, did so because of fears over airport chaos and flight delays. A further 28% of Britons holidayed at home because the weather here was considered superior to places like Dubai where temperatures are too oppressive.

Shakila Ahmed expects the trend for short breaks to continue. “With so many places to see and so little time and money, the traditional two-week holiday is on the decrease and a lot [of] shorter breaks, particularly in North Wales, are on the increase,” she said.

By Andrew Forgrave

Source: Daily Post

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Continued appetite for staycations offers boost to holiday let

Buy-to-let investors are always keen to look for new opportunities, and over the last few years there have been few bigger opportunities that the boom in the holiday let arena.

We polled brokers recently to get a better insight into their own experience of the holiday let market, and it’s clear that the last couple of years have been a period of significant growth for this sector.

More than half (55%) of intermediaries said they had written a holiday let case over the past 12 months, while more than 84%said they had seen an uptick in holiday let enquiries since the start of the pandemic.

What’s more, almost half (48%) saw a jump in enquiries since restrictions had been lifted.

It would be easy to assume that this interest is solely down to the pandemic. With overseas travel all but impossible, it was understandable that there was then a sharp rise in interest in staycations. People need to take a holiday, after all.

Little wonder then that investors recognised the increased interest, and took advantage by adding holiday lets to their portfolio.

However, that train of thought would suggest that the staycation trend has passed. After all, now that we can holiday abroad once more, will there still be the demand for short-term lets?

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Demand for domestic holidays

The reality is rather different, however, with a host of studies revealing that the appetite among Brits to have at least one holiday on domestic shores remains strong.

For example, the latest study from VisitBritain found 59% of Brits plan to take at least an overnight trip domestically over the next 12 months, compared to 44% who are going to head overseas at some point.

Notably, one in three intend to take more UK trips in the next 12 months than the preceding year.

That’s a pretty strong statement that interest in domestic trips may have been given a helping hand by the pandemic, but that demand is far from dwindling.

Throw in the fact that improved international travel means greater numbers of visitors from abroad heading for our shores, providing more potential tenants for short-term lets, and it’s perhaps not surprising that landlords remain keen on investing in these properties.

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The role of brokers

Mortgage intermediaries are crucial allies for all property investors, irrespective of what form of property they are looking to put their money into.

As a result, brokers will inevitably be hearing from clients in the months ahead who are interested in the holiday let market and how to go about finding finance.

This represents a terrific opportunity for brokers. Holiday let may have traditionally been seen as something of a niche area of the market, a specialist segment which they may have overlooked – not anymore, so it’s crucial brokers get to grips with the subtle ways in which holiday let products differ from traditional buy-to-let deals so that they can help those clients secure the funds they need to add to their portfolios.

Flexibility from lenders

Lenders have a big role to play here. Firstly, across the board we need to do a far better job in educating brokers, helping them understand the intricacies of these holiday let products and how they can support clients in a range of different circumstances.

But we also need to do a better job in highlighting the decision-making process. At HTB for example we put our trust in our manual underwriting process; there’s no relying on automated decisions, which risk unfairly excluding clients who could make a great success of holiday let investments.

Instead, flexible lenders are able to get to grips with the facts about each and every case, nail down the crucial details so that they are able to provide a more informed decision.

The holiday let market has already grown substantially and looks set to play a more important role in the future. It’s therefore vital for brokers to make the most of this opportunity, and for lenders to support them in doing so.

Source: Financial Reporter

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Lancashire holiday park launches new activities thanks to £3.5m investment

Bosses at a Lancashire holiday park have been celebrating the launch of their new high adrenaline activities following a massive £3.5million investment.

The activities, which include freefalling experience, “The Jump”, as well new climbing walls, golf course and segways, were unveiled at Haven’s Marton Mere Holiday Park near Blackpool earlier this week.

Olympic gold medallist Will Satch MBE helped reveal the new additions to the holiday park, which, thanks to a £3.5million investment and work over the winter months, also includes indoor and outdoor facilities as well as new accommodation.

Ahead of what’s expected to be another busy summer, the demand for fun and exciting outdoor activities is higher than ever, and The Jump, which was first introduced to Haven’s Craig Tara park in South Ayrshire, Scotland, in 2019, offers guests a thrill-seeking experience by freefalling from two different height platforms onto a massive airbag.

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Officially launched on Monday in front a crowd of eagle-eyed spectators, Team GB athlete Will was in high spirts as he tried out all the new activities.

The rower, who won a bronze medal at London 2012 before claiming gold at Rio 2016, is no stranger to competitive challenges, and said: “I’m such a big fan of adrenaline filled experiences so for me, even on a holiday I want to be active.

“There is so much to do and even as an adult these activities are tons of fun, so I can definitely see why children are eager to try it this summer.”

Despite Will being a highly decorated rower, you don’t have to be an Olympian to get involved in the new activities at the holiday park.

Guests can get on two wheels and explore on segways or bikes, or grab a greater view of the park from the climbing wall.

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General Manager at Marton Mere, Keith Robson, said: “It was amazing to see so many people supporting the launch of our new activities today.

“We’re very happy to be able to bring these fun and exciting additions to the park and we can’t wait to see our guests enjoying them throughout the summer.”

In addition to the new activities, Marton Mere has invested in other areas, with more than 70 new pitches for holiday homes and a whole new location on the park site in Lakemere View near the Marton Mere nature reserve.

There is also a new Burger King as well as new outdoor dining areas providing plenty of space for guests to enjoy the park.

The investments have led to an additional 35 new job roles too, which provided a huge boost to the local area.

By Amy Farnworth

Source: Lancashire Telegraph

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UK staycations: English wine becomes a sparkling attraction for tourists as quality of product improves

UK staycations: As English wines become ever more popular and highly regarded, an increasing number of hoteliers are growing their own grapes to show guests and the rest of the world the quality on offer this side of the Channel.

Celebrity chef Michael Caines is bottling the first wines grown in the vineyard he planted four years ago in the grounds of his upmarket Lympstone Manor hotel, in East Devon.

Mr Caines said the vineyard was “always going to be a focus for the hotel given its southwest-facing parkland overlooking the Exe estuary”.

In 2018, he planted 17,500 vines, growing Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay grapes with the aim of making “some of the finest English sparkling wine in Devon”.

However, the first wine to be bottled will be a red, “the quality of which even surprised us”, he said.

In 2020, the first harvest took place, and with the help of the Lyme Bay Winery, two wines were produced, a standalone Pinot Noir and a traditional English sparkling wine, which remains only part way through the winemaking process.

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The Pinot Noir is being launched this month ahead of the sparkling wine’s launch next year. With a nod to the ancient stretch of coastline on which the vineyard has been created, the Pinot Noir carries the name Triassic.

“I feel an immense sense of pride as well as extreme gratitude for the support we have received since we opened our doors five years ago,” said Mr Caines, who has also just launched the new pool house at Lympstone Manor.

“I set out to create somewhere very special, that combines exceptional luxury with ultimate comfort, where people can come to relax, unwind and be looked after.

“The past two years have been particularly challenging for everyone, hopefully we are now emerging to brighter days.”

Lympstone Manor is not the only hotel to have capitalised on the growing clamour for English wines. There are plenty of hoteliers hoping to create their own vintages.

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At the upper end of the price range, alongside Lympstone Manor, is Black Chalk Vineyard in Hampshire. It also sits next to water, and offers treehouses dotted throughout its woodland, from which guests can sample its award-winning sparkling wine.

One of the oldest vineyards in the UK is Three Choirs in Gloucestershire. Visitors cans even sleep among the vines on the 75-acre estate in a luxury lodge. Its wines have won a string of awards, and are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.

While the south of England, especially the south-east, is the traditional hotbed for English vineyards, Ryedale bucks that trend and is the northern most location producing wines in the country.

Sitting at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds and close to the market town of Malton in North Yorkshire, Ryedale produces red, white, rosè and sparkling wines across just six acres. Visitors can also relax after an evening sampling the produce in one of two en-suite rooms in the farmhouse.

By David Parsley

Source: iNews

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Staycation: The only places in the UK where wild camping is ‘officially permitted’ named

Wild camping is many Britons’ dream staycation and can be a great way to cut down on costs. However, camping in the wrong area could see Britons hit with a heavy fine.

The UK has some of the world’s most beautiful countryside and its many fields are perfect for camping.

However, there are also laws that prevent Britons from pitching up their tent wherever they want.

A spokesperson from Pitchup said: “Dartmoor National Park is the only place in England where wild camping is officially permitted.

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“However there are still restrictions on where you can set up camp.”

With its gorgeous open moorland and deep valleys, Dartmoor National Park offers plenty for all the family.

Its famous wild ponies can be spotted grazing on the moors and archaeologists think they may have been here for over 3,500 years.

Tourists can backpack camp on some areas of Dartmoor and will need to carry their own equipment.

They can stay for one or two nights at a maximum and should check which areas are allowed before setting up.

Tourists are also asked to stay out of sight and should use lightweight tents that blend into the landscape.

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They should never light fires or leave waste behind and should take everything home in their backpack.

The park states: “If you worry about carrying your rubbish home, need a bin or a toilet – then this isn’t for you – use a campsite.”

Wild campers can also try asking a landowner’s permission if they want to set up camp in other areas of England.

The rules in Wales are similar to England and wild campers will need to seek landowner’s permission first.

However, the rules are slightly different in Scotland. The Pitchup spokesperson said: “In Scotland, right-to-roam laws are still in place, which means that wild camping is still legal.

“You can set up and camp in certain areas across Scotland as long as you follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

“However it is important to note in places like Loch Lomong and the Trossachs National Park, you are required to purchase a camping permit between the months of March and September.”

By ESTHER MARSHALL

Source: Express

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Best places to buy a holiday home in the UK revealed as Wales is named top staycation spot for investors

We reveal top tips for households looking to buy a holiday home to let.

Second home ownership has come under fire but with more and more Britons opting for a staycation, holiday letting has the potential to help local economies and make property owners money, a new report says.

Sykes Holiday Cottages found properties in Blaenau Gwent in South East Wales were some of the most popular while in England Tyne & Wear and Lancashire were prized destinations for holidaymakers.

The Isle of Bute in Scotland was also popular, with Sykes’s Holiday Let Outlook Report also using insights from rental data and analytics company AirDNA.

The holiday let agency, which has over 22,000 homes on its books, said bookings were up 35 per cent compared with 2019 and enquiries from prospective holiday let investors had risen dramatically in 2022.

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The pandemic also appeared to have encouraged many people to let out their home to holidaymakers with 25 per cent of owners choosing to start letting their home out 2020.

The report also found that in 2022, compared with 2021, new owner enquiries from prospective holiday home investors had increased by 78 per cent.

With a rise in holidaying at home, Sykes’ report revealed the average holiday let owner earned £28,000 in revenue from their holiday let last year, up from £21,000 in 2019.

It added having access to luxury amenities such as open fires could boost a rental property’s earnings by 19 per cent, while a rise in pet ownership fuelled by the pandemic meant pet-friendly properties brought in one per cent more income on average.

Graham Donoghue, chief executive of Sykes Holiday Cottages, said: “The shift towards staycations had already begun pre-pandemic, Covid has just accelerated this trend.

“Although international travel is becoming easier, we now have new types of staycationers.

“With the UK travel sector flourishing, this will continue to have a positive impact on the economies throughout the country that rely on tourism, particularly in coastal and countryside regions.

“In fact, nine in 10 holiday let owners we surveyed think that tourism strongly benefits the local areas around their holiday homes.”

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Where to buy

Seaside towns posted the strongest pandemic house price performance according to estate agent comparison site, GetAgent.co.uk

Its research showed that seaside towns had an average price of £340,339 and had seen the largest annual increase in value at 13 per cent, as well as the largest increase during the pandemic, up by 21.2 per cent.

“We ditched the nine to five to become holiday homeowners“

Adrian and Anita Jennings, 56 and 58, are owners of two holiday lets in Southwest Wales.

The couple own two cottages next to each other in the hamlet of Cwmbach, Kingfisher and Red Kite.

They said: “We left our 9-5 office routines back in 2015, and we haven’t looked back.”

The homes consist of a semidetached annex, formerly a village post office, plus an additional converted outbuilding.

They also have five-acres of woodland garden and we are near to Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.

The couple bought the original site for £340,000 back in 2015, spending around £25,000 converting it into two holiday lets plus a third property for them.”

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Matt Kelly said anyone considering buying a holiday let should do their research.

“Even before the pandemic, we were seeing dramatic changes across the buy-to-let landscape with holiday lets steadily increasing in appeal – more so than for traditional long-term rental properties – as they allow people to tap into the UK’s many tourism opportunities.

“This is a trend we expect to continue and we expect the holiday let market to remain fairly stable in the years to come. However, there will discounts out there which may be worth considering, particularly if investors are looking to purchase out of season.

“Buyers may be able to get an even better deal by finding a property which is in a poorer condition and needs restorative or structural work.”

What to consider before investing

For anyone considering a holiday let investment this year, there are a few pros and cons to consider first:

  1. Opportunity for higher rental yields: For landlords, holiday lets had already begun to grow in popularity well before coronavirus, mainly due to the significant tax advantages as they are classed by HMRC as a business (rather than an investment).

Combined with the potential for bigger profit margins and a much higher return per-night, now could be a great time to invest in a furnished holiday cottage and rent it out to paying customers on short-term lets.

With so much demand for staycation destinations this year, landlords and second homeowners (should they wish to let out their property) can relax knowing that this process has become much simpler to manage online.

With the likes of Airbnb and other options helping you get your property listed, you can get yourself set up and ready to welcome your guests with minimal hassle.

Getting a mortgage

For those considering a second home, there may some hurdles to overcome if trying to obtain a mortgage via traditional banks or high street lenders due to the increasingly tough affordability criteria.

For example, lenders will first need to see strong evidence that you will be able to keep up with the mortgage repayments on your second home – especially if you have a mortgage for your current property. Lenders could also refuse an application depending on the location of your holiday home – especially if you’re buying a place in an area that has risk of flooding – like in the Lake District.

Costs involved

Unlike standard buy-to-lets, holiday lets have to be managed for regular visitors and therefore, there may be higher costs, such as paying for a weekly cleaner or managing agents’ fees, so these are things that consumers should consider before making any rushed decisions.

In addition, if you open your home to paying guests you’ll need to be prepared for potential damages and repairs being needed more regularly – especially after weeks of wear and tear following the summer holiday season.

By Samantha Downes

Source: iNews

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Lancashire is holiday cottage investment hotspot in staycation boom

Lancashire is one of the top areas in England to invest in a holiday home for staycations, particularly Lytham, Morecambe and Clitheroe.

With house price growth currently at 7% year on year, and an average annual rental income of nearly £23,000, the county offers excellent long-term potential for anyone looking to invest – particularly in popular tourist spots such as Lytham, Morecambe and Clitheroe.

Lancashire ranks second on Sykes Holiday Cottages’ list of top investment hotspots in England, behind only Tyne & Wear, with Shropshire rounding out the top three.

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Looking at the UK overall, Lancashire ranks in ninth behind destinations throughout North and South Wales. Blaenau Gwent in South East Wales topped the list, followed by Denbighshire and Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The Holiday Let Outlook Report 2022 analyses Sykes’ revenue data, alongside current house prices and house price growth, to drill into the long-term investment opportunities within holiday letting across the UK.

Location and amenities are two of the most important factors in a holiday home’s success, so within the regions listed, any property must also be in a good location and offer desirable facilities to strengthen the investment potential.

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The report also contains consumer research, Sykes’ booking figures and insights from rental data and analytics company AirDNA, to paint a clear picture of the UK’s holiday let market.

According to the poll of UK holiday home owners commissioned for the report, a quarter (25%) only started letting during the pandemic, with the staycation boom fuelling a rise in people entering the market – including investors, as well as those renting a second home already owned, setting up glamping accommodation or transforming part of their home.

In fact, bookings for Sykes’ holiday lets in 2022 are up 35% compared to pre-pandemic levels – with bookings to Lancashire 76% higher this year than in 2019.

Graham Donoghue, CEO, Sykes Holiday Cottages, said, “The shift towards staycations had already begun pre-pandemic, Covid has just accelerated this trend. And although international travel is becoming easier, we now have new types of staycationers that are here to stay.

“Because of growing demand for breaks to Lancashire and rising house prices, there has perhaps never been a better time to invest. There are monetary benefits to entering the market, but by holiday letting you’re also helping others experience and enjoy your own part of the world while supporting the local tourism economy.”

For those looking to maximise the revenue potential of their holiday lets, Sykes’ analysis found that a hot tub is the leading money-boosting feature to install – adding an estimated 49% to annual revenue.

Income figures also suggest luxury amenities such as open fires could boost earnings by 19%, on average, while a rise in pet ownership fuelled by the pandemic has seen pet-friendly properties earn 9% more.

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Source: Lancashire Post

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Holiday home owners raking in cash as staycation demand shows no sign of easing

A staycation boom is expected for the Easter weekend, underlining the investment opportunities from holiday home ownership. Lettings operator Sykes Holiday Cottages has analysed revenue data, alongside house prices, to explore the long-term potential of holiday letting across the UK.

The Holiday Let Outlook Report 2022 also contains consumer research, Sykes’ booking figures and insights from rental data and analytics company AirDNA, to paint a clear picture of the UK’s holiday let market. Blaenau Gwent in South East Wales tops the rankings of the best places in the UK to invest in a holiday let, according to the report.

With house price growth currently at 12 per cent year-on-year, and an average revenue potential of almost £20,000 per year, the area offers excellent long-term potential for anyone looking to invest. Denbighshire and Rhondda Cynon Taf follow closely behind in the new ranking, while the leading areas in England which feature on the list include Tyne & Wear and Lancashire.

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Meanwhile, the Isle of Bute in Scotland came in fourth. The easily accessible island was the only area in Scotland to make it into the top 10, but both Fife and Dumfriesshire weren’t far behind. Location and amenities are two of the most important factors in a holiday home’s success, so within the regions listed, any property must also be in a good location and offer desirable facilities to strengthen the investment potential.

According to the poll of holiday home owners, a quarter only started letting during the pandemic, with the staycation boom fuelling a rise in second home owners and investors entering the market. In fact, the sector continues to go from strength to strength, with bookings for Sykes’ holiday lets in 2022 up 35 per cent compared to pre-pandemic levels – a number that is expected to jump even further as we approach the summer months.

The consumer research found that 84 per cent of holiday let owners say bookings for 2022 are stronger than ever, with the same number confident the trend will continue to grow over the next five years. With a rise in holidaying at home, Sykes’ report reveals the average holiday let owner earned £28,000 in revenue from their holiday let last year, up from £21,000 in 2019.

For those weighing up where to invest in the short-term, Cumbria and the Lake District topped the highest-earning holiday hotspots list according to Sykes’ revenue figures, with holiday lets earning an average revenue of £44,000. Devon and Dorset follow closely behind as top-earning regions, with an average annual income of £35,000 and £32,000 respectively, while the Peak District lost its top spot, falling down to fourth place overall.

For those looking to maximise the revenue potential of their holiday lets, Sykes’ analysis found that a hot tub is the leading money-boosting feature they could have – adding an estimated 49 per cent to annual revenue. Income figures also suggest luxury amenities such as open fires could boost earnings by 19 per cent on average, while a rise in pet ownership fuelled by the pandemic has seen pet-friendly properties now earn nine per cent more, on average.

Graham Donoghue, chief executive of Sykes Holiday Cottages, said: “The shift towards staycations had already begun pre-pandemic, Covid has just accelerated this trend. And although international travel is becoming easier, we now have new types of staycationers that are here to stay.

“The figures speak for themselves – bookings so far this year are up 35 per cent compared with 2019 and the average income of a holiday let owner grew by almost the same amount last year versus 2019 – demonstrating the incredible investment potential that holiday letting can bring.

“With the UK travel sector flourishing, this will continue to have a positive impact on the economies throughout the country that rely on tourism, particularly in coastal and countryside regions. In fact, nine in 10 holiday let owners we surveyed think that tourism strongly benefits the local areas around their holiday homes.”

By Brett Gibbons

Source: Wales Online

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Easter bookings boom at budget UK holiday parks as airport chaos continues

Families have turned to Easter staycations amid chaotic scenes of cancelled flights and long queues at major airports, travel experts have said.

Budget holiday operators said they are seeing strong demand as families decide to stay at home rather than brave disruption to journey plans abroad.

Haven, which has 41 holiday parks in the UK, is already more than 90 per cent booked for Easter, with nearly half of its 2.5million visitors booking for the first time this year.

Meanwhile Parkdean Resorts, which has 66 parks, has needed to hire 7,000 seasonal workers to keep up with high levels of demand.

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The managing director of Haven Simon Palenthorpe told BBC Radio 4 on Monday: “I think it has made people think a bit more about holidaying at home. More generally things are looking pretty positive for our industry at the moment.

“This Easter for example, Haven – which is actually the UK’s largest domestic holiday business – is over 90 per cent booked, and more generally this year we’re going to be welcoming 2.5million holidaymakers to our 41 parks.

“And we’re seeing more newcomers to Haven, which is I think pretty interesting, more newcomers than ever.”

Parkdean chief executive Steve Richards said his company planned on investing £140m in its accommodation and facilities in the wake of the boom.

“This investment is great news for our customers, staff and the local economies in which we operate,” he told The Daily Mail.

“2021 was a huge year for staycations, and our teams will continue to go above and beyond to deliver phenomenal service for our guests, making sure that 2022 is even better.”

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It comes as tourists faced a ‘manic Monday’ of flight cancellations, scuppering Easter plans for many ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

British Airways axed at least 64 European and domestic flights from Heathrow on Monday to destinations such as Berlin, Dublin, Geneva, Paris, and Stockholm. Domestic flights were also affected.

The airline has been forced to trim its schedules until the end of May while it is hiring extra staff to cope with the surge in demand from passengers.

Meanwhile, budget carrier EasyJet cancelled at least 25 flights to or from Gatwick.

It affected routes to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Glasgow and Milan.

By Josh Salisbury

Source: Evening Standard

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The top 10 UK staycation destinations for an Easter break

THOUSANDS of Brits are heading off on a staycation over Easter, as UK holidays remain a popular option for families.

Airbnb has revealed the top destinations that people are booking up over the Easter hols, to give you some inspiration on where you might like to go.

And it might come as a surprise to hear that neither Cornwall or Devon made the list.

We’ve got the top 10 destinations Brits are visiting during the holidays.

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Prestatyn, Denbighshire, Wales

Taking the top spot was Prestatyn in Wales – a seaside town in the north of the country.

Right on the coast, Prestatyn is a perfect spot for taking long walks on the beach, grabbing some fish and chips and sunbathing.

The Welsh hotspot has seen the biggest rise in Brits searching for UK staycations on Airbnb.

Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales

A Welsh destination also came in second place – Carmarthen in Camarthenshire.

Carmarthen has been a market town since Roman time and its modern indoor market runs six days a week and draws huge crowds.

Beyond the market, the town is full of independent shops, art galleries and vintage shops.

Aintree, Merseyside, England

Taking bronze was Aintree in Merseyside, coming in top for English destinations.

Aintree is known for its race course, but there’s a lot more to do than just watch the horses.

The town has shopping, pubs and walks along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, making for a very peaceful staycation.

It’s also just five miles from Liverpool so it’s easy to take a day trip into the city.

Sheffield City Centre, South Yorkshire, England

Sheffield has a huge amount to offer Brits who want to take a UK holiday.

The city has gone from being an industrial powerhouse to a rising star on the UK’s arts and culture scene, with a host of galleries, theatres and museums.

Sheffield also has countless restaurants, pubs and shops to keep you entertained.

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Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Balloch is the first Scottish destination to make it onto the list.

The village is sat on the south west shores of Loch Lomond so there are plenty of beautiful walks along the lake.

It’s just an hour from Glasgow and has excellent transport links so it’s easy to pop to the nearby city if you fancy a day trip.

Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England

Chipping Norton is the highest town in Oxfordshire with stunning countryside views.

The town is known for its antique shops and regular market, and has lots of choice of restaurants and bars.

Chipping Norton is a great base for exploring further afield as it’s right on the edge of the Cotswolds, lying between Oxford and Stratford upon Avon.

Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

Dunbar is the second and final Scottish destination to make the top 10 list.

The town is on the North Sea coast and is around 30 miles east of Edinburgh.

Dunbar is famous for its art and has a free interactive art trail which is a perfect way of seeing the town.

As well as art, Dunbar is packed full of independent shops and historic buildings.

Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales

Merthyr Tydfil is the third and final Welsh destination on Airbnb’s list.

The town is about 23 miles north of Cardiff so it’s a great spot to have some peace and quiet while still being fairly near to a city.

If you like walking then this is a perfect choice as the town has a host of valleys and hills with beautiful views.

And once you’ve finished, there’s loads of restaurants, pubs and cafes to grab a drink and a meal.

Lowestoft, Suffolk, England

Lowestoft in Suffolk came in at number nine on the list and is the northernmost part of The Suffolk Coast.

It is also famously the most easterly town in the UK and is the first place to see the sunrise.

The town is a popular choice for families as there is plenty to do, with two piers, a wildlife park, museums and a theatre.

It’s even home to the Pleasurewood Hills theme park – perfect for thrill seekers.

Thirsk, North Yorkshire, England

Rounding out the top 10 list was Thirsk in North Yorkshire.

The town is sat midway between the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales so it’s a great choice if you want to strap your walking boots on and set off on foot.

The historic town has a cobbled market square full of independent shops, restaurants and pubs.

Amanda Cupples, general manager for northern Europe at Airbnb, said: “The nation is set to enjoy the first Easter weekend without Covid restrictions in two years, and it’s great to see Brits are exploring up-and-coming areas of the UK to make the most of it.

“The top trending destination list provides ample inspiration for those looking to get away and explore a new place over the long weekend.

“By visiting these local destinations, Brits are supporting local economies and communities, and for those based in these destinations who are considering letting their home on Airbnb, now is a great time to sign up.”

By Josie Klein

Source: The Sun