Households warned to book Easter staycations now or danger lacking out
FAMILIES wanting Easter holidays in 2021 are warned to book now – as the cheap deals will likely not be found next year.
While many are likely to be waiting for January sales, this time around it is unlikely to happen.
The Easter holidays will only go up in price, so book it nowCredit: Alamy Live News
Louise Wood of the National Caravan Council (NCC) stated that many are now offering bigger bargains as they struggle to survive the winter season.
She told Sun Online Travel, “There are now reservations for Easter – you need to check now because I don’t think there will be the usual January deals that you will get.
“They are not going to offer them because the parks are pretty confident that they will get the bookings.”
Holiday parks and resorts experienced a summer booking boom this year despite the lockdowns and the coronavirus due to travel bans to popular overseas locations such as Spain and Greece.
This meant many had a record year for bookings while others were sold out with bookings as early as 2021.
There was a record-breaking booking boom in the 2020 summer seasonPhoto credit: Neil Hope – The Sun
Camping website Pitchup.com has 1,400 bookings for next summer – a 500 percent increase – while Canopy and Stars, who offer glamping vacations, have more bookings for August 2021 than they did this August.
Ms. Wood continued, “Deals like ‘Book now for Easter and we’ll give you £ 10 each’ will be out there but there won’t be that many of those deals anymore.”
“The pressure points next year will be Easter, the May holidays and the summer vacation.
“When you can travel outside of these times, you have a lot more choice and pay less.”
Alistair Handyside, who owns three to three cottages in south Devon, told the Guardian that it was “very likely” that there would be a lack of bookings for next summer as international travel continues to be a problem for many families.
Charles Millward, owner of Staycation Holidays, told The Times, “People should be concerned about finding availability next year. Much of the dates are already taken because they were relocated from this year. In one of our hotels there are only three weekends free next year from March to September.
“In general, our properties are going to be 20 percent more expensive next year to make up for the costs the owners lost during the lockdown. A property we’re booking for the next year is up 50 percent.”
Due to the increasing demand, working farms even resorted to converting their land and renting it out as campsites.
This will likely result in a jump in prices too, meaning now is the time to start thinking about next year’s holidays.
Fortunately, many resorts and booking websites have already started public holidays in 2021 – Haven started theirs last month, while an overseas vacation with TUI is now available through summer 2022.
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Paul Charles of the PC Agency is optimistic about the next year, claiming that by then countries will have learned to deal with the virus and could welcome international visitors again.
He told Sun Online Travel, “I think many destinations will be in great shape to accommodate travelers by the summer of 2021. So instead of not booking anything, I would advise people to book vacations for the summer of 2021.
“I think countries will have learned a lot of lessons by then. If there is no vaccine, they will have learned lessons on how to keep cases down.”
Tour operators are whipping bargains to Spain for next summer to make up for profits lost this year.