Attractions and Destinations

Domestic Holiday Season to be Extended

With ongoing uncertainty surrounding international travel, tourist boards across the country are looking to encourage the public to consider domestic trips that might traditionally have been overlooked.

Tourism hotspots across the UK will be remaining open throughout Autumn to make up for lost business.

As lockdown measures ease, hospitality and travel businesses across the country are seeing higher demand for trips beyond the traditional summer season.

With ongoing uncertainty surrounding international travel, tourist boards across the country are looking to encourage the public to consider domestic trips that might traditionally have been overlooked.   Businesses in Cornwall and Pembrokeshire, that would normally only operate in the busy summer months, have decided to remain open throughout autumn to capitalise on off-peak trips.

Speaking to the Guardian, Pembrokeshire Tourism said that the region is “equipped to accommodate the anticipated demand for off-peak travel,” having already benefited from heightened demand throughout summer.

Similarly, Visit Cornwall has announced they will be offering an enhanced series of events, including pastry-making classes and art gallery tours. Those looking to visit the costal county between September and December will also benefit from a range of discounts.

CEO of Visit Cornwall, Malcolm Bell, commented: “We’re trying to say you won’t be bored in Cornwall and you’ll be spoilt for choice, rather than them thinking we’re all closed. The attractions that do stay open in the winter, they are so much quieter and so much more enjoyable in many ways.”

Looking to capitalise on the growing demand for off-season domestic travel, Holiday Park Operator, Haven, has announced it will be keeping 16 of its parks open until the end of November, four weeks longer than usual. “We’re seeing a bigger proportion of people who are new to us, people are going, should I try out a staycation where I would normally go abroad?” said Gerard Tempest, Director of Guest and Proposition at Haven.

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