Record summer according to holiday company

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

 

Record summer according to holiday company

The hot weather has lead to a bumper year for visitors to the Isle of Wight, according to Blue Chip Holidays. Picture by Robin Crossley.

THE hot, dry summer has led to record levels of demand for Isle of Wight holidays, according to one accommodation company.

Blue Chip Holidays, which is the largest supplier of four and five star self-catering properties, said it expected its Island properties would be fully booked this month.

Suzanne Priddle
Suzanne Priddle

The company manages 80 properties on the Isle of Wight and around 1,000 in total across the country. It recently appointed Suzanne Priddle as its new portfolio development manager for the Island.

"2014 is proving to be a bumper year for bookings on the Island, with demand up to 25 per cent on the same period last year.

"This has created more demand than we can fulfil, particularly in the key areas of Yarmouth, Freshwater and West Wight," she said.

Managing director Alan Lambert said: "Customers have well and truly fallen in love with holidays on the Island, where we have some of the best beaches in the world, some of the best chefs, a host of fantastic attractions and a range of fabulous cultural events to keep the while family entertained.

"Following the fantastic summer of 2013 we are seeing both a tangible uplift in UK breaks, with more travellers than ever actively choosing to holiday closer to home, and a rise in last minute bookings."

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