Breaking news: Last minute cancellations chaos fears as Britons double book vacations


BRitual holidaymakers have opted for dual bookings to secure both UK and overseas travel, new data has shown, raising fears of massive cancellations when the trip begins again.

“Many holidaymakers have booked both an overseas holiday and a stay in the UK and our data shows that they often keep both,” says Michael De Jongh, commercial director of hotel technology provider Avvio.

‘If they decide at the last minute to risk an overseas holiday, a wave of late cancellations in the UK would create chaos across the industry as hotels scramble to fill their suddenly vacant rooms . Many of them simply will not be met, resulting in tens of millions of pounds in lost revenue. “

He added: “It’s not just for holidaymakers to book both a stay abroad and a stay in the UK. There is also a growing trend to book rooms in several UK hotels, in particular. sight of canceling all but one at the last minute. This poses incredible problems. for hotels, in the same way as multiple restaurant reservations during Eat Out To Help Out. “

Consumer confidence in travel has never been lower, in part thanks to frequent last-minute changes in travel lanes over the past year. Going forward, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the government would “signal maybe a few weeks in advance” if a country could change categories under the “traffic light” system for traffic. resumption of trips abroad.

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