Whilst some holidaymakers dashed to book flights out of the country, the British Staycation also proved it will be in high-demand again this summer. New data revealed by the UK hotel chain Point A Hotels shows consumers are dashing to book domestic holidays and city trips once the sector reopens in May.
The chain, with nine hotels across London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, saw a huge number of bookings in the 24 hours after Boris Johnson’s roadmap announcement. This represents an increase of over 300% when compared to a typical one day window pre-roadmap and shows the demand in the market to travel when the tiers allow it.
Point A also recently announced their Staycation Guarantee booking policy, where guests are guaranteed flexible rebooking options or payment refunds should Covid restrictions disrupt their plans.
The spike in leisure travel bookings comes as a vital boost for a sector which since last year has only been able to host essential business travellers. It is early signs that the hospitality market will show signs of recovery after a hugely challenging year where a record number of properties have closed and there have been over 500 thousands redundancies according to industry reports.
Nic Wenn, Managing Director at Point A Hotels said, “We are over the moon to see Brits confidently making holiday plans once again. I think this again highlights the importance of the hospitality sector in the recovery of the country as a whole. As a family-run business, we cannot wait to return our customers’ faith by providing them with a safe staycation, where they can come and enjoy everything that London, Glasgow or Edinburgh has to offer.”