Today we feature why many are grabbing cheap Easter holidays next month. Firstly, UK Holidaymakers have today been spared the misery of a hike in flight tax after George Osborne delayed a with-inflation rise in Air Passenger Duty until April 2012. Secondly and most popular is the extra bank holiday marking Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton which is giving many Brits the opportunity to get away on holiday. Rather than planning street parties and huddling up in front of the TV like Royal Weddings of the past, it seems many Brits are planning to escape the UK altogether during the royal wedding next month. The biggest royal marriage in three decades, between Prince William and Kate Middleton, has sent Britons scrambling for cheap holidays away.
Holidaymakers now only need to take 5 days’ annual leave to benefit from a 14-night holiday
It’s not very patriotic but the extra day off on Friday, 29 April means that millions of workers…those smart enough who booked this holiday before their colleagues caught on!…will enjoy two successive four-day weekends in quick succession: 22-25 April, taking in bank holidays on Good Friday and Easter Monday, and 29 April–2 May, taking in the royal wedding and the May Day bank holiday, with only a three-day working week in between.
Bookings for foreign holidays have shot up, while online holiday companies are reporting that the number of people searching for April getaways is double last year’s. Travel agents are reporting from 30% to 56% rises in interest in their holidays, while Hotels.com says that the number of people searching for holidays for the week ending 29 April has increased by 212% compared with the same time in 2010.
According to ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents), the April 29 ceremony, which falls between the Easter and May Day long weekends, has given people an irresistible reason to head for foreign shores. Many travel firms have announced an increase in holiday bookings during the Easter period.