Holiday company sees rise in Isle of Wight bookings

By a County Press reporter

Friday, February 7, 2014

 

Holiday company sees rise in Isle of Wight bookings

Beach huts at Gurnard. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

THERE has been a big increase in bookings for self-catering stays on the Isle of Wight, according to one holiday company.

Blue Chip Holidays said it had seen a 36% increase in bookings for the coming year, for its 80 Isle of Wight self-catering holiday homes, compared with the same time last year.

The company said Freshwater, West Wight, Ryde and East Wight were most popular, with demand up by in more than 30% on January 2013.  It said there were also double digit increases for properties in Sandown and South Wight.

Nathan Maddocks, Blue Chip Holidays’ Portfolio Development Manager for the Isle of Wight, commented: "Customers have fallen in love with holidaying on the Island.  Following the best summer in living memory we are seeing a positive uplift in our bookings.  If demand for our most popular locations continues at this rate we could easily run out of availability in key weeks."

The biggest area of growth was in off-peak periods with bookings for February up 35%, bookings for May up 28% and bookings for October up 37%, the company said.  

It added that bookings for April rose by 78%, thanks largely to this year's later Easter school holiday. 

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by Keven Ball

11th February 2014, at 16:11:22

I am not sure what your point is to you posts Den? Sandown is a town as is Ventnor? They both are around the same size and offer supermarkets, pubs and basic shops. I personally feel Sandown's seafront is nicer than Ventnor's. The towns do not really offer much more or less than each others?

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by Den Young

11th February 2014, at 14:27:27

Keven, just a thought, have you google maps on your phone? might be worth a look.

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by Den Young

11th February 2014, at 14:25:57

Keven I more than happy to entertain you, as you do me.as you know we are comparing Sandown with Ventnor, as with Sandown the supermarket in Ventnor is in the town, I tell you that because you obviously put that near the top of your list for requirements in a holiday town.

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by Keven Ball

11th February 2014, at 11:05:12

Den, do you care to answer the question or just entertain me? Where are you talking about the seafront or other areas of the towns?

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by Keven Ball

10th February 2014, at 20:03:04

Not on the seafront they do not, that is in the town's High Street area? Where are you taking about now seafront of the High Streets, make your mind-up my old son?

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by Den Young

10th February 2014, at 19:29:34

born and bred Keven, and if you think Sandown front is better than Ventnor, words fail, oh yes and they also have a nice big Co-Op which will interest you.

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by Keven Ball

10th February 2014, at 17:54:09

Den - there is nothing much in Ventnor, no pier and less on the seafront. Are you sure you are local old son?

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by Den Young

10th February 2014, at 15:42:31

Kevin with an I you are dead right, sums it up, if I were going on holiday, what would I expect? something a lot better than Sandown, at least Ventnor sea front is not far away, now that is what it should look like.

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by Keven Ball

10th February 2014, at 13:14:50

Kevin - Many coast towns are suffering here is an article to show you the facts:

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/aug/21/english-seaside-towns-deprivation

Sandown only had one nightclub, why are you trying to make out the island had so much a few years ago, which is rubbish! The hotel industry around the whole of the UK is suffering hundreds of pubs closed around the whole of the UK when we were in the heart of the recession... need I go on?

I will ask again, what do you expect?

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by kevin froment

10th February 2014, at 11:55:28

if i was to go on holiday in sandown i would ask for my money back the minute i arrived, and i would for most of the other seaside towns here too, keven, you are spouting complete rubbish when you say what else do you want, we want or expect, we expect to be able to go out in the evenings to night clubs, we expect to be able to tell our friends and relatives on the mainland that the hotels, and self catering places here are top notch and the places to visit are clean and tidy, unfortunately we cant because they are not. if the town where you live compares to all that, i feel sorry for you because you seem happy to stagnate, and my previous post you so poorly tried to ridicule was meant as a generalisation, but you need to be able to think laterally for that. i have lived here for over 50 years and watched this island sink into the mess it is in and i wonder if it will ever pull itself out again

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