UK households set to spend £960 on domestic breaks

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UK: Research has revealed that 58 per cent of Brits have saved money during lockdown, with 36 per cent planning to spend this on holidaying in the UK.

In the UK, hotels, pubs and restaurants have been given the green light to reopen from 4 July 2020. 

A recent survey by Caterer.com shows that 41 per cent of people are keen to book a staycation as soon as they can, with 53 per cent saying they would not book unless restaurants, pubs and bars were open in the area.

Cornwall and the Lake District are among the top most popular locations, with 38 per cent of respondents stating they will look towards remote destinations.

London is however ranked amongst the top five destinations, along with the Scottish Highlands and Wales.

A key consideration for holiday-goers is that hotels, restaurants and pubs within the area follow a strict hygiene protocol (62 per cent) and that social distancing is maintained (56 per cent).

29 per cent are more likely to consider using room service to avoid contact with others, and 49 per cent expect a limitation to the number of guests. 

Neil Pattison, director at Caterer.com, said: “It’s really welcome news that the government has confirmed the reopening of hospitality businesses from July 4, alongside a reduction in social distancing to one metre in time for the crucial summer season. Our research shows that the demand that clearly exists for summer staycations will hopefully give the sector a much-needed boost. 

“The industry has been adapting rapidly to not only comply with government regulations, but also align with changing customer expectations and needs. Our research demonstrates just how valuable hospitality businesses are to consumers, with the majority of people saying that their decision on whether to book a staycation relies heavily on restaurants, pubs and bars being open. The industry is looking forward to welcoming back loyal customers to help kickstart the economy.”

Reports suggest that the government is considering introducing an extra day of holiday in October to allow businesses recoup from missing the May bank holiday.

52 per cent of the UK are in favour of this, with a further 39 per cent saying that they will likely plan a staycation for the long weekend if it goes ahead.

The survey comprised 2,001 UK representative adults and was conducting 19-22 June.

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