Over 70% Choosing a Staycation this Bank Holiday Weekend
According to hotel comparison website Trivago, 76% of UK travellers have opted for a staycation this bank holiday weekend, instead of heading abroad.
Trivago looked at hotel searches for dates between 28th-31st August, and found that three out of four searches were for UK destinations. Out of the 50 most searched for locations on the website, 34 were within the UK – 12 were along the UK coast.
Blackpool, Bournemouth and Brighton were some of the most searched for staycation locations this bank holiday. Other coastal destinations have also proved very popular, with places such as Skegness, Whitby, Weymouth and Newquay all reporting less than 5% remaining hotel availability.
This increase in popularity seems to have begun in June and July, when we experienced the UK heat wave. According to Trivago, searches for hotels in UK coastal locations increased by nearly 65% following the great weather.
Some companies are attempting to cash in on the bank holiday popularity by hiking prices, for example some hotels in Liverpool have increased their prices by 47% over this weekend. Other cities such as Manchester and Brighton have also increased their prices by around 30% this weekend, and costs have been hiked in Reading to coincide with the annual music festival.
If you’re planning a staycation this year, just remember to invest in quality travel insurance. Many holidaymakers wrongly assume they do not need travel insurance if they are staying in the UK, however travel insurance can still step in to cover holiday disasters such as cancellation and lost or damaged possessions.
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