Every self catering holiday home owner knows that public holidays and school holidays are the busiest times of year fro them. And Easter this year was no exception. So they spend a good amount of time when the kids are at school preparing for the busy season.
Easter is one of the busiest holidays because there is a double Bank holiday and the prices are competitive because it isn’t classed as a peak time of year. However, self-catering Holiday home owners say that the Easter holidays are usually a taste of what’s to come for the summer. So if they are quiet at Easter, they wont be as busy during the summer.
Due to growing Petrol prices and the not so good weather over the bank holiday weekend this year, tourism experts were worried that it would stop usually high flow of Self-catering holiday home makers coming on their Cornish Holiday! The petrol prices have risen by an average of 27p since 2010! That’s almost 14p a year! Some Holiday home owners said that last year they offered to pay for the petrol cost of the trip for their holiday makers – However this year they have said that due to such a huge rise in prices that if they offered this in 2012 holidays they would probably go bankrupt!
Due to the recession still affecting a lot of Cornish Holiday makers decisions, Self-catering Cottage holiday home owners and caravan and B&B owners have to make sure their properties have an extra special something to make them unique in comparison to their rivals.
Having said that, this Easter Cornish Holidays grossed a £10 million profit for the tourism industry.
The usual change of events is the rates for accommodation and attractions. However, with everything else like tax and especially petrol prices soaring, Self-catering holiday home owners, cottage holiday home owners, B&B’s and Caravans owners alike have all kept their prices very similar to last year.
Good news though as local businesses have admitted that Cornish holiday visitor numbers seem to be up from last year commenting it “has been like August”.
With critics commenting that actually visitor number swear down slightly on last year but spending remained the same this suggest that either the Cornish Holiday makers that are coming down are spending more; or that more Cornish people are having “Staycations” during the school and public holidays.
So in short, Soaring prices will affect the tourism industry in Cornwall in terms of new visitors coming down more often; however it will also tempt Cornish people to stay at home during the holidays and the Cornish countryside for them selves!