Brits are facing a fight for staycation bookings for next summer with a “staggering” boom seeing lettings sell out seven times quicker than normal.
With travel chaos brought about by the pandemic and a lack of certainty over quarantine rules this year, many people have decided to stay in the UK and instead try their luck with the British weather.
And the boom in staycations appears to being running into next summer for those people already planning ahead.
Hotels, holiday parks and cottage rentals have all seen far greater demand than normal, the Sunday Times has reported.
James Boyce, head of Hideaway Holiday Group, said it was “staggering” to see lettings become fully booked so quickly.
“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,” he said, reported The Sun.
“It is great to see that the staycation boom is continuing.”
Awaze, who own Hoseasons and cottages.com, two important holiday letting websites, said that bookings for next summer are up 82% on the same point in 2019 looking ahead to the 2020 summer.
Shelly D’Arcy, the chief business development officer at Awaze, said that it was known that 2021 would be a huge year for UK holidays but what has “surprised” her is that this demand is already continuing into next summer and generally the whole of 2022.
Clearly there is little confidence that the travel industry abroad will be more stable next year.
Throughout this summer tourists had to watch the government’s traffic light quarantine system to see whether they would have to self-isolate after going to popular destinations like Spain, France or Greece.
It has led to some companies having been left frustrated at what they see as a lack of clarity from the government.
One unnamed company boss told The Sun: “”With the unpredictable traffic-light system and draconian testing rules, they are pointblank trying to deter people from going overseas and are not giving consumers the confidence to book for next year.
“It’s great for domestic operators, but will result in mass failure of ones that deal in foreign holidays.”