UK heatwave sparks increase in demand for cottage breaks
At least, that's what holidaycottages.co.uk
The heatwave forecast appears to have motivated people to holiday in the UK, with an increase in their bookings by almost a tenth (9.7%) over the weekend, and the number of searches for UK holiday breaks up by nearly a fifth (17.3%).
Visitors to their ‘last minute’ page on the website have increased by 26.4%
Regions proving particularly popular include Cornwall (increase in searches of 36%), followed by Scotland which was up by a quarter (25%) and Devon which saw an increase in searches of 22%. In addition, visits to the dog-friendly cottages pages received a 132% increase this weekend confirming that holidays in the UK are for the whole family.
Managing director, James Morris, said:
"Booking figures at the start of the year indicated that 2015 would be a big year for UK tourism, so we were expecting a busy summer. But we were pleasantly surprised with the rise in bookings and searches due to this week’s heatwave. The UK is currently one of the hottest countries on the continent so it’s the perfect time for Brits to enjoy the sun without the hassle of getting on an aeroplane. It’s great that the weather is looking good as the UK has so much to offer for tourists, whilst at the same time allowing people to enjoy the comforts of home in any number of destinations across the UK."