With July 4 as the locked-in date for overnight stays to begin, Airbnb says it has seen an uptick in bookings and that over the weekend of June 27 to 28, 70 per cent of the stays booked on Airbnb were for domestic travel.
Of these domestic trips, 60 per cent were for two to six-night stays and almost half of domestic bookings were made for travel within the next month.
Its data also revealed that 80 per cent of bookings were made for between 50 to 300 miles of Brits’ homes.
Airbnb has also revealed the UK’s top trending destinations according to recent bookings.
An Airbnb spokesperson said of the findings: “The easing of government restrictions is good news not only for those keen to explore and stay beyond their own four walls again, but also for the hospitality industry and Airbnb hosts who depend on the income from hosting on our platform.
“In the last week we’ve seen a significant spike in demand as travel becomes a reality again, with our trending destinations showing people are keen to explore the many interesting towns and rural areas the nation has to offer, providing a welcome boost to local businesses.
“The safety of guests and hosts is our key priority and we have introduced comprehensive guidelines for cleaning and home sanitization to do our bit to help people travel with peace of mind.”
Despite Glastonbury Festival being cancelled this year, the Somerset town has seen a surge in bookings for the summer period.
Martin Swarfield, host of a Glastonbury Airbnb, said, “The reopening of the UK holiday sector is great news and a welcome relief to us here in Somerset and we’re looking forward to a vintage British summer.
“Last week’s announcement has led to us seeing a significant increase in both enquiries and bookings for July and August – something that is very welcome and we hope replicated throughout the Airbnb community and that UK staycations will be a welcome boost to local economies.”