A popular travel website recently gathered statistics on Weymouth, the town that was responsible for hosting events at last years recent Olympic and Paralympic Games, and found out that after the momentous event, holiday bookings increased by 26%.
According to experts, the booking increase can be credited not only by the games’ success but also because of the country’s latest ad campaign, which was all about encouraging Brits to holiday at home, versus other places.
Other cities in the country, such as Bath also enjoyed a 22% increase in bookings. Cornish vacation spots namely Looe and Polperro were not far behind, reporting increases of 18% and 15%. The towns mentioned have gained more than bookings, but they have also made it into the top ten list of the most searched vacation spots in the South West.
Bath led the way in the searches, reporting an increase of a whopping 330%. Next in line were picturesque Bude, and then the quaint town of Bude. The managing director of Holiday Cottages, James Morris, credits the increase in bookings to the natural beauty of the country. He adds that this piece of good news has been a welcome relief to those involved in the tourism trade in the respective towns and villages mentioned.
The year 2013 will supposedly experience the positive after effects of last years holiday surge. Everyone is hopeful that these events will leave a fantastic effect on the country’s tourism.
Generally speaking, the entire South West has experienced a boost in domestic tourism. For the third year in a row, Bristol Airport has enjoyed an increase in passengers. In fact, this airport is the only one in the UK’s top ten that has continually reported growth since the year 2009.