Friday, 13 March 2009

The coming British holiday boom

Not a particularly original view but a few anecdotes and opinions from friends and relations combined with a few salient facts lead me to predict a massive boom in holidays and breaks here in the UK. Here's why:

1. Exchange rates. It's obviously more expensive to travel abroad than before and, did you know?, everyone's now broke.

2. More interest in the provenance of UK food meaning a lot more local food tourism.

3. Better quality food and accommodation in the sticks (not often great but certainly better than in the olden days).

4. The horrors of Ryanair. It's just getting worse and I would argue it's got so bad it's sufficient to put you off travelling abroad (especially with kids).

5. Fear of sunshine. Even on freezing Cornish beaches I've seen the kids' all-in-one bodysuit and kepi sported. But there's less of it here than over there.

I'm not sure how one would transform this observation into an investment opportunity - unless you decide to become a hotelier or restaurateur somewhere leafy or with a beach (how old fashioned these occupations sound). Or perhaps it's the next buy-to-let craze, buy-to-holiday-let?

Anyway I'm really looking forward to the faded resorts of yesteryear looking all spruced up and thronging.

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