In a reversal of fortune, internet searches to popular overseas holiday destinations have plummeted following the UK’s recent heatwave, while demand for holidays closer to home – including some of Britain’s top timeshare destinations – has soared.
A report released by hotel comparison website trivago.co.uk suggests that many British holidaymakers are opting for ‘staycations’, with a surge of searches for cool coastal destinations.
Resorts traditionally popular with Brits abroad, including Mallorca’s party central, Magaluf, have seen their search engine results drop by up to 25 per cent. In fact, four Mallorcan resorts have shown a significant drop in interest since the UK heatwave began.
Also showing large decreases in popularity are Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach (down 22 per cent), Cyprus’s Ayia Napa and Protaras (down 19 per cent and 16 per cent respectively), Catalonia’s Salou (also down 16 per cent) and the Costa del Sol’s Fuengirola and Nerja (down 14 per cent and 13 per cent respectively).
Meanwhile, searches for Woolacombe in Devon have shot up by 41 per cent since the heatwave began on July 13.
Devon and Cornwall – southern England’s top timeshare favourites – are the most searched-for regions, with popular resort Falmouth up by 18 per cent, Paignton up by 8 per cent, Newquay up by 8 per cent while the picturesque bay of St Ives in Cornwall is up by 7 per cent.
Also popular is Barmouth in Wales (up 20 per cent), Blackpool (also up 20 per cent) and Folkestone (up 11 per cent).
To view a list of timeshare exchange holidays in the UK, visit www.RCI.com and www.intervalworld.com. And leading European timeshare developers CLC World Resorts and Hotels operate two resorts in Cornwall – explore CLC’s British and overseas resorts at www.clublacosta.com