ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi on the rapid rise in staycations as Portugal is moved to the amber list
The government’s Covid-19 travel rules update has impacted holiday businesses and their customers in the UK.
Along with a scramble as some tourists try to get home from Portugal, there’s a rush to book holidays in the UK.
ITV News has new data showing the growing prospect of fully booked Britain.
UK airlines are asking why Portugal was not put on a 'green watchlist' and why vaccinated travellers are being subject to same level of restrictions, Chris Choi explains
With no major overseas destination available without quarantine - the rush on domestic holidays has moved up a gear after the travel announcement about Portugal.
New figures given to ITV News from Hotel booking platform Hoo show hotels for a family of four in Padstow, Cornwall are already 99% fully booked for August.
In Brighton, it's 82% full - in the Peak District, it's 88% booked.
The average nightly rate across 12 UK hotspots is now £361.
Tourists bosses have said the UK rush is partly due to an unusual new bookings technique known as "spread booking".
This is where customers hedge their bets by double booking a trip overseas and a domestic holiday.
'Book now to avoid disappointment', Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall advises
As things become clearer they then decide which one to cancel.
Many people are now deciding to give up on foreign holidays this year.
It’s all adding pressure to limited supplies of holiday accommodation in UK hotspots.
As domestic destinations benefit, those in overseas tourism fear for the future.
They hoped it would get brighter - instead it simply got more amber.
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