Travellers are keen to get down to the coast post Covid-19 lockdown with occupancy levels at Watergate Bay in Cornwall already close to reaching 87% in July.
With July 4 the reopening date in many hoteliers’ mind, the family-owned Watergate Bay, headed up by managing director Will Ashworth, is gearing up to welcome guests back in the next few months with forward bookings showing that July and August are expected to be ‘well occupied’.
This trend continues at the group’s other hotel, Another Place in the Lake District.
Speaking to Boutique Hotelier as part of a new Hotelier Hot Seat video series, Ashworth said: “July and August are of course the two crucial months. What’s amazing is that in the two hotel businesses we’re well occupied for July and August, and that’s held firm. If we get them we’re going to have a really good summer period and guests will be super positive about being able to come and enjoy hospitality on a beach in Cornwall, or on Ullswater in the Lake District. We will make the most of it.”
Ashworth added that the biggest challenge will be around social distancing and if the government will allow businesses to operate on a guest-per-square metre basis, as opposed to an occupancy basis.
“For a resort hotel like ours we have quite a lot of space and can run high occupancies with social distancing built in. That, for me, is crucial. There’s going to be no point us opening at 30% or 40%.
“We need to be able to be the vibrant business that we are, and make sure social distancing is in place. There’s a real balance to be struck there.”
Watergate Bay is run alongside the Another Place hotel collection and Beach Retreats, a marketing, letting and holiday property management company with over 170 properties.