NEWQUAY is set for a bumper season for self-catering holidays this year, according to figures released today.
The resort’s largest provider of 4 and 5 star self-catering properties, Blue Chip Holidays, has revealed bookings for its 140 holiday homes are already up 13 per cent on last year.
Bosses say the biggest growth has been in off-peak periods with bookings up 35 per cent for February, 28 per cent for May, and 37 per cent for October.
Demand in April has soared by a whopping 78 per cent, largely due to the later Easter school holiday period this year.
The company’s Margaret Dando said: “Customers have fallen in love with holidaying in North Cornwall and Newquay in particular. Following the best summer in living memory we are seeing a positive uplift in our bookings. If demand for our most popular locations continues at this rate we could easily run out of availability in key weeks.
“To prevent this from happening we’re actively seeking out new properties that match our customers’ growing appetite for high end holiday homes in North Cornwall and we’re particularly interested in meeting owners looking to boost their annual income.”
Commenting on the change in booking patterns, she added: “Throughout January the number of short breaks booked for off-peak periods has risen by 50 per cent.
“This is fantastic news for owners as, while we fully expect to book peak periods, the key to increasing income for a holiday home is to boost bookings in the shoulder periods. Achieve this and properties can realise much higher yields and revenue targets.”
Holiday home owners and investors interested in contacting Blue Chip Holidays for advice on renting out their holiday home, or for an income projection, can call 08453228387. Alternatively owners can visit www.bluechipowners.co.uk