TTG – Travel Industry News
25 August 2021by Will Payne
The cost of private holiday accommodation in the UK has increased by 41% on average since 2019, new data from Which?
Who? found that seven nights’ accommodation in a highly rated hotel in Nice would cost £ 679, while the same seven nights in Brighton would cost £ 1,088
Holidays to some UK destinations currently cost hundreds of pounds more than travel to equivalent European destinations, according to the consumer group, even when plane tickets are factored in.
The cost of a seven-night stay in August at a “highly rated hotel” in Italy would have been about a quarter of the price of a comparable vacation in the Lake District.
Seven-night accommodation at Lake Garda costs £ 631, while a week-long stay for two at Lake Windermere would cost £ 2,381.
AirDNA data also showed that self-catering accommodation in the UK in August 2021 cost on average 41% more than in 2019. This works out to roughly the equivalent of an extra £ 300 per week.
Rory Boland, which one? travel editor said that although national vacations have “always been expensive”, the situation has become “much worse” during the pandemic.
“The reasons for these higher prices are complex, but it is difficult to avoid concluding that some unscrupulous web hosts charge exorbitant prices,” he added.
The conclusions came when Irish online travel agency Click & Go discovered for € 683 per person that vacationers could book seven nights at VIK San Antonio in Lanzarote, including bed and breakfast, dinner each night and Aer Lingus return flights from Dublin.
A similar seven-night holiday to a well-known hotel in the south of Ireland would cost € 859, which is € 176 more per person and does not include transport and dinners.
Paul Hackett, managing director of Click & Go, said many national getaways were “just too high” priced and consumers would get better value if they went on vacation abroad.
“As we have shown with this comparison, you get better value for money on a holiday in Lanzarote than if you stayed in Ireland,” he added.