Britons will find fewer than one in 10 UK self-catering holiday options available across some operators this summer as the nation prepares for a post-lockdown staycation boom.
Just 8 per cent of school summer holiday dates are still available for properties advertised by Oliver’s Travels. Self-catering property agency Unique Homestays also said 92 per cent of its available dates have been booked up for the summer months.
Meanwhile, the number of August reservations taken by luxury camping specialist Canopy & Stars are up 185 per cent compared with March 2019. Around 30 per cent of its total guest capacity remains for August.
“Despite record levels of bookings, there is still a chance to book a summer staycation if you are quick and can be flexible with dates and area,” said Mike Bevens, managing director of Canopy & Stars. “Keep an eye out for new places too, we have several brand new places lined up to join our collection in the coming weeks,” he added.
British families are snapping up domestic breaks following the publication of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, under which leisure travel is set to resume in England on April 12.
International travel will not return until May 17, at the earliest, and foreign holidays are likely to come with the additional hurdles of Covid testing and potential quarantine – and, possibly, vaccine passports.
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