Matt Hancock hopes for a ‘great British summer’ post-lockdown
UK holidays are set for another summer of success, with searches for camping, caravan and alternative staycations on the rise according to experts. Largely, this is down to the ongoing travel restrictions which mean the future of international travel remains uncertain at present.
“While the pandemic led to a rise in UK camping holidays last year, and staycations on the whole, we expect that level of demand to remain high into the summer of 2021,” explains the latest “Camping Trends Report” by experts at CoolCamping.com.
Despite this, Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel has said Britons should not fear accommodation selling out.
Instead, he says there is “plenty to go around”.
In a Tweet posted today, he said: “This is your daily reminder that news stories warning of a surge in holiday bookings and UK accommodation shortages are PR spin.
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“There are lots of properties available. If you are booking, book direct with a property that has a flexible booking policy.”
However, he did point out there are some times of the year which are likely to be busier.
“If you want to go somewhere specific, especially in the school summer holidays, the best time to book has already passed,” he warned.
“For those flexible on destination and/or dates there is plenty to go around.”
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He added: “If the headlines said ‘surge in school summer holiday bookings for families in popular parts of the UK’, I would agree. Mostly, they don’t. “
In data released by CoolCamping.com, the Lake District was named as the “most popular camping destination” for summer 2021.
“Coming out in the top spot is the Lake District National Park, which accounted for 16.32 percent of all page views over the past year,” states the report.
“This is followed by the New Forest with 9.55 percent and Cornwall with 9.29 percent.
“Devon, Norfolk, Dorset and the Peak District are all popular choices too.”
This is perhaps why Mr Boland also recommends trying a new staycation destination for 2021.
“Unfamiliar corners are the way to go this summer,” he said.
Of course, it is not yet clear when camping and caravan holidays will be given the green light to go ahead.
Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock believes by summer things will have returned to some level of freedom.
Speaking to BBC News, Hancock said: “In six months we’ll be in the middle, I hope, of a happy and free Great British summer.”
This is due to the rapid rate at which the NHS is ploughing through the country’s vaccination programme.
“I have a high degree of confidence that by then the vast majority of adults will have been vaccinated,” he added.
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