With mandatory testing restrictions set to be placed on foreign travel this year, many of us are opting for staycations in the UK this summer.
Sykes Holiday Cottages has seen a bookings boom, with a 40% increase in interest in its holiday lets for this summer compared to 2019.
Those who are booking summer escapes are hoping to avoid the crowds by choosing lesser-known locales, with the small Lancashire village of Warton, named as Sykes fastest-growing summer destination for 2021.
Runswick Bay in North Yorkshire is the second fastest-growing destination, followed by Looe in Cornwall, Storrs in Cumbria and Brixham in Devon.
Top 10 locations with the fastest-growing summer bookings, according to Sykes
Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire
Menai Bridge, Isle of Anglesey
Nefyn, North Wales
Chyandour and Dobwalls in Cornwall have also seen steep growth in bookings for this summer, as has Hunstanton in Norfolk, along with Menai Bridge and Nefyn in Wales.
Sykes also named Devon as the fastest-growing region for travel bookings, with summer bookings up by 60%. This is closely followed by the Peak District, Somerset, Cornwall and Northumberland.
“With the honeypot locations across the country booking up fast, we’ve seen a huge growth in demand for lesser-known – but no less enjoyable – staycation destinations,” Graham Donoghue, Sykes Holiday Cottages CEO, said.
“Coastal towns and villages definitely dominate the list, as people are putting their passports away this year in favour of UK beach breaks.
“As well as summer holidays, we’re also seeing a steady stream of bookings for next year and we’re confident the trend will continue beyond that as Brits settle into new holiday habits post-pandemic.”
Current travel regulations state that those in England can stay overnight at self-contained accommodation with members of their own household. Welsh residents can also travel domestically while those in Northern Ireland and Scotland aren’t able to travel yet. Scotland will begin to ease its travel restrictions from 26 April.
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