Pitchup: Staycation boom to continue this summer
Data from outdoor accommodation booking platform Pitchup.com shows signs of another bumper staycation summer ahead.
Bookings for UK sites are up by 72% in the past month compared to the same period pre-pandemic.
It says forward bookings are strong, with a 104% growth so far this year compared to the same point in 2019.
There’s more choice than ever this year with a 24% rise in UK sites listed on its platform for the first time.
Stays booked for April, May and June are 25% up on the same period last year. .
Short breaks are in high demand, with average duration made year to date currently standing at just below three nights.
Dan Yates, founder of Pitchup.com said: “Over the last two years our campsite owners have told us customers have swapped holidays abroad for stays closer to home and plan to continue that.”
Pitchup says there is a spike in camping and glamping sites joining the platform, with 360 additional locations listed since the beginning of the year.
Almost 2,000 sites in England alone are now bookable, with a further 600 across Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Cornwall and Devon are the most popular counties with early bookers.
Alongside Dorset, the south-west of England accounts for a quarter of all booking value handled by the platform so far this year.