The UK is set for a staycation boom once travel restrictions are eased, as Britons abandon hope of overseas travel this year, with industry bosses pinning their hopes on “rescuing the summer” with a surge in demand for domestic breaks.
Campsite owners are particularly hopeful of being able to open this summer, insisting their sites are already set up for social distancing. Hotels and B&Bs are likely to remain closed for longer.
“Campsites that are 20 to 30 acres of green space are ideal for having a holiday while keeping up social distancing,” said Nick Lomas, director-general of the Caravan and Motorhome Club. “Our pitches are already separated by at least six metres [20ft], and we do think there will be lots of people who think of giving camping a go for the first time this year.”
The prospect of a 14-day quarantine on return to the UK will further dash the prospect of overseas holidays this summer.
Cornwall and Scotland are the most sought-after locations. Hotels, B&Bs and self-catering properties in Wales, Devon and Yorkshire are also attracting heightened interest.
The southwest of England is the most popular region for staycations, according to Visit Britain, attracting more than 19m tourists annually.
Corners of the country that have previously escaped the tourist hordes are also bracing themselves for an influx of day trippers and holidaymakers. Keith Beecham, head of Visit Jersey, hopes to attract more visitors from mainland Britain once travel is allowed.
“Jersey has a lot of strengths that will appeal in the post-Covid-19 market,” he said. “We are very open and spacious, with very clean beaches, and have very strong public services.
“I think these are the sorts of things that people will be looking for post-crisis, rather than going for a break in a crowded city.”
Source: drawn from The Times 10/5)