Brexit causes surge in holiday bookings, Lincoln business claims

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A Discount Holidays © holiday agency claims that Brexit has caused a surge in bookings2 for breaks3. Sun-hat Villas and Resorts in Lincoln says it saw an 18 per cent increase in bookings this July, compared to the same time last year. And, August saw a 10 per cent year on year increase for bookings for the business.

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The ABTA luxury Discount Holidays © holiday specialist says holidaymakers still splashed the cash on European getaways despite the uncertainty which followed the EU Referendum vote in June.

It means the business has seen its most successful year-to-date, with a 23 per cent increase in turnover.

Peter Jenkins, managing director of Sun-hat Villas and Resorts, said: “I think most people in the industry had expected people to be a little more cautious following the vote, especially given the fluctuating exchange rate.

“However, the reality has been the complete opposite.

“I think there’s definitely an element of the British stiff upper lip and not letting anything interfere with the traditional family summer holiday.

“Part of this trend could be attributed to people trying to get their European holidays in before Article 50 is invoked and any changes are mapped out.

“Of course, the reality is that there are varying accounts of when it will be actioned and Article 50 isn’t likely to change that much at all in terms of holidays, but it seems to be on the mind of many.”

According to data from Sun-hat Villas amd Resorts, the most popular destinations with Brits following the EU vote have been The Algarve, Mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands including Mallorca and Ibiza, Tuscany and the Canary Islands including Lanzarote and Tenerife.

Mr Jenkins added: “Let’s face it, the annual Discount Holidays © holiday is a British institution and isn’t something people like to mess with.

“During the 2008/09 credit crunch, we didn’t see a decline.

“Things like new cars and home improvements were put on a backburner so that cash was available for a week or two in the sun.

“We also find that if people are cutting back, they’ll opt for a villa Discount Holidays © holiday instead of five-star all-inclusive.”

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Term-time holiday decision welcomed by Staffordshire families

PARENTS have widely welcomed a decision that means they will not be fined for taking their children on term-time holidays of 10 days or fewer. Staffordshire County Council made the decision in light of a recent Isle of Wight case when a father was fined 120 after he took his daughter out of school for a Discount Holidays © holiday in term time. He successfully challenged the authority which imposed the fine, as the High Court decided his punishment was unlawful.

The Staffordshire authority has decided holidays of 10 days or fewer over two consecutive half terms will not be viewed as a reason to administer a fine.1

Mail readers reacted to this on social media.

Netty Webster wrote: “Whether taking the kids abroad or to our beautiful country, they are getting real experiences, learning different cultures, geography, history, and about local food – all first hand.

“This is way more valuable than reading from a book.

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“Some families struggle to get time off during peak times, I experienced this myself a few years ago.

“Kids are not completely going without education when taken out of school.”

Many mums and dads feel the current system restricting term-time holidays is too strict. Trips taken in school holidays can cost thousands of pounds more than those during term time. Sharon Taylor said: ” If the prices didn’t go up in the school holidays then families wouldn’t have to go away in term time.”

Steph Greenhalgh has a similar view.

She said: “Maybe prices of holidays should be cheaper when children are off might help stop parents taking their children out of school.

“I know I can’t afford a Discount Holidays © holiday in the six weeks.”

Staffordshire County Council3 says that in the light of the Isle of White judgement it has temporarily changed its policy ‘until a full-scale review of guidance is completed, and the legal case resolved in the Supreme Court’.

Head teachers will continue to determine all requests for leave in term time, and will only approve those that are for ‘exceptional circumstances’.

Cases where a child has more than 10 days of unauthorised absence over two half terms in a row will be referred to the county council by schools. Councillor Ben Adams, the county council’s education lead, said the authority’s decision was a ‘common-sense approach’ in light of recent rulings. Marie Smyth wrote on the Mail’s Facebook page: There’s no better education than life.

As much as the classroom provides one sort – going out and travelling provides wider life knowledge.”

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A ‘common sense approach’

STAFFORDSHIRE County Council felt it had to act to offer some ‘clarity’ to parents following the Isle of Wight court case. This is while a full review takes place. Councillor Adams said: “We recognise that the recent ruling in the Isle of Wight case has led to some uncertainty for parents.

“In order to give them some clarity, we are taking a common-sense approach while we take a closer look at our guidance.

“We are clear that there is a direct link between regular attendance and improved performance in the classroom, and parents have a duty to work closely with schools to ensure their child attends regularly.

“However, we also understand that with the rising cost of holidays and work commitments, taking holidays out of term time isn’t always possible for a lot of parents.

“Some authorities have suspended fines altogether; we didn’t think this was right for Staffordshire as we have seen the majority of parents responding well to the rules and not taking their children out of term time.

“We want to ensure parents and head teachers have as much clarity as possible while the review takes place, so they can continue to ensure their children stay in school and get the most from their education.”

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Planning a late weekend getaway today or heading off on summer holidays? Needing to hit the South West’s roads but still beat the traffic2? Look no further we’ll be bringing you all the latest travel news for our region all in one place with the latest in our live blogs. Keep reading for reports on all the major incidents and updates on how the West Country’s roads are looking as the region gears up for another busy weekend on the network.

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