Beach huts at Gurnard. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
THERE has been a big increase in bookings for self-catering stays on the Isle of Wight, according to one holiday company.
Blue Chip Holidays said it had seen a 36% increase in bookings for the coming year, for its 80 Isle of Wight self-catering holiday homes, compared with the same time last year.
The company said Freshwater, West Wight, Ryde and East Wight were most popular, with demand up by in more than 30% on January 2013. It said there were also double digit increases for properties in Sandown and South Wight.
Nathan Maddocks, Blue Chip Holidays’ Portfolio Development Manager for the Isle of Wight, commented: "Customers have fallen in love with holidaying on the Island. 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."
The biggest area of growth was in off-peak periods with bookings for February up 35%, bookings for May up 28% and bookings for October up 37%, the company said.
It added that bookings for April rose by 78%, thanks largely to this year's later Easter school holiday.