Self-catering holiday lettings company Classic Cottages is reporting strong figures in the number of bookings for 2012 and an upturn in visitors for the February half-term break next week.
The Helston-based company has seen a 4% rise in the number of reservations made during January 2012 compared to the same period last year.
Bookings for half-term week (February 13-17) have lifted 6% year-on-year. Figures account for bookings made both online and via the telephone.
Classic Cottages, which markets around 700 properties in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset, says occupancy levels are ahead of last year and forward bookings for the first quarter are up compared to 2011.
Although Easter is early this year, there has been a significant increase in reservations for cottages in the south west during the Easter Bank Holiday weeks and during the first week of June, with people taking advantage the short working week created by the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.
MD Anthony Skitt commented: “It’s a very encouraging start to 2012 and we remain cautiously optimistic about the remainder of the year.
“The indications are that under the current financial constraints, people are choosing to holiday in the UK and this is also reflected in increased bookings during the shoulder months, with guests taking advantage of the lower priced weeks.