Naturally inspiring Torquay looks like being THE place to be
- Credit: Don Proctor
Hold on to your hats - Torbay and Torquay especially is in for a bumper summer season.
With doubts still very much hanging over foreign travel and holidays, Tripadvisor site data shows that travellers in the UK searching for British staycations in March increased by 384 per cent compared with the first week of January.
And when looking at the UK destinations which have seen the biggest year-on-year increase in searches for domestic travel this summer, Torquay comes out on top, followed by the Lake District’s Windermere and Yorkshire’s York in second and third place respectively.
It is not just hotel searches that are going through the roof. Brits are so excited to get out and about, with searches for experiences, attractions and tours by UK travellers in March increasing by 128 per cent compared with the first week of January and restaurant searches are up 100 per cent.
In Torquay this summer, the most popular thing to do, according to bookings on Tripadvisor, is a gin making experience at The Gin Nest in Torquay where you will be guided in the art of distilling your own craft gin using a traditional copper pot
With travel finally a possibility again, Brits are no doubt excitedly thinking ahead to the summer and where they might be able to head off on that long awaited holiday. According to a recent Tripadvisor survey, almost half of Brits, 47 per cent, are planning to travel this summer, rising to 50 per cent and 51 per cent respectively when looking at Gen Z and Millennials.
The English Riviera is gearing up for a full-on summer season - as long as the Boris Covid roadmap remains unchanged - as staycations seem to be the way ahead at least in the short-term.
A bumper season would go some way to making up for for a dreadful past 12 months for the local tourism and hospitality industry which was brought to its knees by Covid as lockdowns closed down the Bay's main industry.
Millions of pounds have been lost to the local economy and businesses and jobs put in jeopardy like never before.
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