UK visitors extend stay after Brexit, says Expedia

UK visitors extend stay after Brexit, says Expedia

International travellers were looking to spend more nights in UK hotels shortly after the Brexit vote, new data from Expedia shows.

Growing interest in travel to the UK from Singapore, Australia, the US and elsewhere in Europe was identified from an analysis of hotel bookings via the OTA giant.

The spike was “most likely” to come from travellers taking advantage of the slump in the value of the pound.

The US dollar cost £1.47 at the end of last year, but by late October it only cost £1.30, reflecting a 12% decline year-to-date.

Additional savings can be made by staying at hotels in alternate neighbourhoods when visiting big cities around the world

Some of the suggested money-saving alternative neighbourhoods in London suggested by Expedia include Tower Hill, Shoreditch, Hoxton, Liverpool Street, Canary Wharf and Dalston.

The report indicated that more people are booking hotels online, with Expedia seeing a 33% increase in the 12 months to June over the same period a year earlier.

The hotel trends study also reveals:

• Sundays are the best days to get deals and save on hotels, especially for booking same-day travel. Booking hotels anywhere from 3-4 weeks ahead of the time of travel usually yields the best rates.
• Travellers in North America are more likely to book last-minute hotels than those in Europe and the Middle East, who generally take longer to book and usually book further in advance.

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