Holiday booking figures rocketed nearly three-fold between April and May, according to new data from one online booking specialist.
The figures from booking platform eviivo show that from 1 April to 6 May, bookings increased 276% as British holidaymakers look to secure a staycation once the lockdown restrictions lift.
When it came to accommodation types, the ‘vacation rental’ was the most popular, with demand for self-catering and exclusive use properties reporting the biggest spike, with a 716% rise in bookings.
Hotels also saw bookings increase 216%.
Additionally, almost six in ten (59%) bookings are for holidays before the end of August.
Despite the encouraging flurry of bookings in the last month, eviivo reports that the demand is still only 28% of the total bookings in the same period in 2019.
Paul Saxby, marketing director, at eviivo said: “It’s interesting to see the spike in bookings for vacation rental properties, most likely because they allow guests to follow social distancing guidance.
“With the cleanliness standards in place supported by contactless check-ins and the ability to space bookings out automatically; the property owners that are most able to adapt to these measure are more likely to draw guests in to staying at their selected properties.”