Finding a place to stay

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Slap bang in the middle of the summer tourism season and some of those seeking a staycation are finding it difficult to find vacancies.

In the New Forest, the ponies might have space. Do staycationers have accommodation?

This is the conclusion reached by the travel cum financial services company, Saga, from research it carried out in early August.

It says that it found that 36% of Britons have been unable to find a holiday and that 31% have given up on the hope of finding accommodation.

Researchers found that the average Brit has spent five fruitless hours searching for staycation deals and offers this summer.

The research also shows something that anybody who has been looking at a staycation in  the last month or so will already know. Prices have increased.

The research suggests that 29% of people who’d tried to book a staycation have said that all the available self-catering properties, hotels and B&Bs were far too expensive for their budget.

Places that you might expect to be very busy such as Devon and Cornwall, West and North Wales, Norfolk, Dorset, the Lake District and the Scottish Borders and Highlands as well as the west of Northern Ireland are just that. If you want a holiday in these places keep looking – they’re may be cancellations or you might have to wait until after the schools return in September. I’ve settled for an October break!

Part of the problem is that more people are staycationing this year than going abroad. Another is a shortage of staff in the travel industry. Some who left when furlough began haven’t returned finding better money or conditions in other industries. Some providers of holiday accommodation weren’t anticipating the level of demand they have seen.

Three hotel in popular destinations have been caught out, one having decided to bring the builders in and upgrade the premises so that it isn’t open whilst the other two have just applied for planning permission for over a dozen new self-catering units on their land overlooking the sea in the case of the first and additional hotel rooms at the other. It suggests all the owners see a future in staycations

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