Holiday bookings for UK trips up 276 per cent

Holiday booking figures rocketed nearly three-fold between April and May, according to new data from one online booking specialist. The figures, reported by independent accommodation booking platform, eviivo, increased 276% from 1 st April to 6 th May, as British holidaymakers look to travel closer to home in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The public is showing signs of sticking to social distancing guidelines during their staycations, with bookings for vacation rental properties, which tend to be self-catered and exclusively secluded from other guests, reporting the largest spike.

In just over a month, these properties saw a 716% rise in bookings - over three times the amount of hotel bookings, which also reported a rise of 216%.

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Almost six in ten (59%) bookings are for holidays before the end of August, demonstrating that many holidaymakers are hoping to sample a slice of summer on their chosen break. Despite the encouraging flurry of bookings in the last month, eviivo reports that the demand is still only 28% of the total bookings in the same period in 2019. Paul Saxby, Marketing Director, at eviivo said: "With the uncertain times we are in, it's really encouraging to see positive increases in bookings.

There may be light at the end of the tunnel for British holidaymakers, many of whom I'm sure are longing for a holiday like never before.

"It's interesting to see the spike in bookings for Vacation Rental properties, most likely because they allow guests to follow social distancing guidance.

With the cleanliness standards in place supported by contactless check-ins and the ability to space bookings out automatically; the property owners that are most able to adapt to these measure are more likely to draw guests in to staying at their selected properties."

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