'Olympic effect' sparks surge in Weymouth holiday bookings

Dorset Echo: 'Olympics effect' sparks surge in Weymouth holiday bookings 'Olympics effect' sparks surge in Weymouth holiday bookings

'THE Olympic effect' has sparked a 26 per cent rise in holiday bookings to Weymouth.

Holiday lettings agency Holiday Cottages suggests that the year-on-year increase is down to Weymouth hosting the sailing events of last summer's Games, coupled with Visit Britain's campaign aimed at encouraging more Brits to take a holiday at home this year.

The increased interest in Weymouth has seen it rocket to the fourth most searched destination in the South West, with a year-on-year increase of online searches of more than 500 per cent.

The South West in particular has witnessed a significant boost in domestic holidays, with passenger numbers through Bristol Airport rising for the third consecutive year, making it the only airport in the UK’s top ten to see growth each year since 2009.

Bookings to Bath have risen by 22 per cent, followed closely by Looe and Polperro in Cornnwall - witnessing a boost in bookings of 18 per cent and 15 per cent respectively.

Woolacombe in North Devon has seen a 13 per cent increase in bookings compared to the same time last year and in South Devon, Torquay has seen a similar increase of 10 per cent.

In the top 10 of most searched destinations, Bath took the top spot with an increase in searches of 330 per cent followed by Padstow and Bude. Newquay was in fifth position.

James Morris, managing director at Holiday Cottages said: “The UK has so many beautiful destinations to offer holidaymakers and this year’s rise in bookings is no doubt a welcome relief to many holiday towns and villages that rely on a thriving tourism trade.

"2013 is set to be a bumper year for domestic holidays, following the success of the Olympic Games and Queen’s Jubilee, so it’s great to see these events will have a lasting impact on British tourism.”

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6:38pm Mon 28 Jan 13

rodwell-t-rail says...

I assume that that is an increase of 26% in bookings above last years bookings. I wonder what percentage the last few years bookings were down because of the Olympic effect and the road works
I assume that that is an increase of 26% in bookings above last years bookings. I wonder what percentage the last few years bookings were down because of the Olympic effect and the road works rodwell-t-rail

6:43pm Mon 28 Jan 13

rodwell-t-rail says...

The increased interest in Weymouth has seen it rocket to the fourth most searched destination in the South West, with a year-on-year increase of online searches of more than 500 per cent.

why does an increase in searches of 500% only translate to a 26% of bookings.
The increased interest in Weymouth has seen it rocket to the fourth most searched destination in the South West, with a year-on-year increase of online searches of more than 500 per cent. why does an increase in searches of 500% only translate to a 26% of bookings. rodwell-t-rail

6:47pm Mon 28 Jan 13

rodwell-t-rail says...

I wonder if we should advise the people that have pre-booked that weymouth might have closed the pavilion by then just in-case they are coming to see a show!
I wonder if we should advise the people that have pre-booked that weymouth might have closed the pavilion by then just in-case they are coming to see a show! rodwell-t-rail

6:54pm Mon 28 Jan 13

rodwell-t-rail says...

Maybe they are all coming to see the Littlemoor mushrooms or our exciting laser show whilst taking a ride in the blot on the landscape called The Tower.
Maybe they are all coming to see the Littlemoor mushrooms or our exciting laser show whilst taking a ride in the blot on the landscape called The Tower. rodwell-t-rail

6:57pm Mon 28 Jan 13

rodwell-t-rail says...

how can i sound so negative about weymouth when we have so much to offer?
how can i sound so negative about weymouth when we have so much to offer? rodwell-t-rail

7:21pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Get a grip says...

Now watch the boarding house keepers double their fees, then complain that holiday makers are not turning up.

They did this last year.
Now watch the boarding house keepers double their fees, then complain that holiday makers are not turning up. They did this last year. Get a grip

8:08pm Mon 28 Jan 13

JamesYoung says...

rodwell-t-rail wrote:
I assume that that is an increase of 26% in bookings above last years bookings. I wonder what percentage the last few years bookings were down because of the Olympic effect and the road works
Indeed. If bookings were down by 20% +/- last year, then they would have to rise by 26% +/- to get back to normal levels.

And i think, anecdotally, that is exactly what has happened.

Given that all other south coast resorts have seen increased interest, i would suggest that the only Olympic effect is that Weymouth is up on last year because of two factors : (i) fewer people came last year because of the Olympics and thus the statistic is skewed and (2) for whatever reason, people are booking more holidays this year. Increased confidence in the economy, or the cost of overseas holidays rising?
[quote][p][bold]rodwell-t-rail[/bold] wrote: I assume that that is an increase of 26% in bookings above last years bookings. I wonder what percentage the last few years bookings were down because of the Olympic effect and the road works[/p][/quote]Indeed. If bookings were down by 20% +/- last year, then they would have to rise by 26% +/- to get back to normal levels. And i think, anecdotally, that is exactly what has happened. Given that all other south coast resorts have seen increased interest, i would suggest that the only Olympic effect is that Weymouth is up on last year because of two factors : (i) fewer people came last year because of the Olympics and thus the statistic is skewed and (2) for whatever reason, people are booking more holidays this year. Increased confidence in the economy, or the cost of overseas holidays rising? JamesYoung

8:09pm Mon 28 Jan 13

JamesYoung says...

In fact, if the article below is to be believed, this 26% increase might take us below what we had the year before the Olympics:

http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/travel/travel
news/9440832/Olympic
s-tourism-down-at-We
ymouth-and-Portland.
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In fact, if the article below is to be believed, this 26% increase might take us below what we had the year before the Olympics: http://www.telegraph .co.uk/travel/travel news/9440832/Olympic s-tourism-down-at-We ymouth-and-Portland. html JamesYoung

8:25pm Mon 28 Jan 13

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

REJOICE YOU CYNICAL Ba£4%rds! No wonder no-one wants to come, the toen is full of miseries.
REJOICE YOU CYNICAL Ba£4%rds! No wonder no-one wants to come, the toen is full of miseries. TenBobDylanThomasHardy

8:35pm Mon 28 Jan 13

bigrand says...

Sure they won't bother again when they see how dismall the town looks now. Be no shops left soon apart from betting and charity shops and pawn brokers!!!!
Sure they won't bother again when they see how dismall the town looks now. Be no shops left soon apart from betting and charity shops and pawn brokers!!!! bigrand

8:37pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Harpya Orkinus says...

I SAID we should never have had the Olympics here if it meant subsequent increase of turismo !!
I SAID we should never have had the Olympics here if it meant subsequent increase of turismo !! Harpya Orkinus

8:54pm Mon 28 Jan 13

I'mavoter says...

Get a grip wrote:
Now watch the boarding house keepers double their fees, then complain that holiday makers are not turning up.

They did this last year.
Don't generalise. Some did, but many didn't ! Your comment is grossly unfair to those that didn't ! Maybe you should have checked all your facts before making such a sweeping accusation.
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: Now watch the boarding house keepers double their fees, then complain that holiday makers are not turning up. They did this last year.[/p][/quote]Don't generalise. Some did, but many didn't ! Your comment is grossly unfair to those that didn't ! Maybe you should have checked all your facts before making such a sweeping accusation. I'mavoter

9:04pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Get a grip says...

I'mavoter wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
Now watch the boarding house keepers double their fees, then complain that holiday makers are not turning up.

They did this last year.
Don't generalise. Some did, but many didn't ! Your comment is grossly unfair to those that didn't ! Maybe you should have checked all your facts before making such a sweeping accusation.
The quality of most boarding houses in Weymouth is very low.

Most should not call themselves Hotels.
[quote][p][bold]I'mavoter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: Now watch the boarding house keepers double their fees, then complain that holiday makers are not turning up. They did this last year.[/p][/quote]Don't generalise. Some did, but many didn't ! Your comment is grossly unfair to those that didn't ! Maybe you should have checked all your facts before making such a sweeping accusation.[/p][/quote]The quality of most boarding houses in Weymouth is very low. Most should not call themselves Hotels. Get a grip

9:12pm Mon 28 Jan 13

JamesYoung says...

TenBobDylanThomasHar
dy
wrote:
REJOICE YOU CYNICAL Ba£4%rds! No wonder no-one wants to come, the toen is full of miseries.
I think you are missing the point.
The article is factually incorrect.
Thus, there is nothing to rejoice about.
It is, after all, a bit late to celebrate that the Olympics are over.
[quote][p][bold]TenBobDylanThomasHar dy[/bold] wrote: REJOICE YOU CYNICAL Ba£4%rds! No wonder no-one wants to come, the toen is full of miseries.[/p][/quote]I think you are missing the point. The article is factually incorrect. Thus, there is nothing to rejoice about. It is, after all, a bit late to celebrate that the Olympics are over. JamesYoung

7:38am Tue 29 Jan 13

Phaedrus says...

There were lots of negative factors in 2012 not just the Olympics so if 2013 was not better the situation would indeed be serious for Weymouth.
Some regular visitors are returning, some people will be coming to Weymouth for the first time. Weymouth needs a fair share of these visitors to return in the future. Will the new road with inadequate signage at the Jurassic roundabout and three laser projectors persuade them to return?
Our council - who are partly responsible for low accommodation standards because they own a lot of the guest houses and the rents are high while historical investment is low - seriously need to get a grip. I somehow doubt people come to Weymouth for the Pavilion but entertainment in one form or another is important. Wake up Goodman and Bruce!
There were lots of negative factors in 2012 not just the Olympics so if 2013 was not better the situation would indeed be serious for Weymouth. Some regular visitors are returning, some people will be coming to Weymouth for the first time. Weymouth needs a fair share of these visitors to return in the future. Will the new road with inadequate signage at the Jurassic roundabout and three laser projectors persuade them to return? Our council - who are partly responsible for low accommodation standards because they own a lot of the guest houses and the rents are high while historical investment is low - seriously need to get a grip. I somehow doubt people come to Weymouth for the Pavilion but entertainment in one form or another is important. Wake up Goodman and Bruce! Phaedrus

11:05am Tue 29 Jan 13

rjimmer says...

The falling value of the Pound is probably a major factor. Perhaps there were some good aerial shots of the Dorset coastline during the Olympics, I don't know because I never watched any of it.
The falling value of the Pound is probably a major factor. Perhaps there were some good aerial shots of the Dorset coastline during the Olympics, I don't know because I never watched any of it. rjimmer

1:43pm Tue 29 Jan 13

monkeydog says...

This is more of the rubbish we were told last year and the year before. All the b&b owners I've spoken to have told me bookings are the same as this time last year or worse.
This is more of the rubbish we were told last year and the year before. All the b&b owners I've spoken to have told me bookings are the same as this time last year or worse. monkeydog

2:30pm Tue 29 Jan 13

niceonecyril says...

Well done Weymouth, a brilliant Olympic year and now the benefits. Those who are saying the report is not factual, then produce facts that prove your lame comments. I am not from Weymouth, and yet I support the town more than these so called locals ever could, yet another thing you can be ashamed of.
Well done Weymouth, a brilliant Olympic year and now the benefits. Those who are saying the report is not factual, then produce facts that prove your lame comments. I am not from Weymouth, and yet I support the town more than these so called locals ever could, yet another thing you can be ashamed of. niceonecyril

3:44pm Tue 29 Jan 13

rodwell-t-rail says...

niceonecyril wrote:
Well done Weymouth, a brilliant Olympic year and now the benefits. Those who are saying the report is not factual, then produce facts that prove your lame comments. I am not from Weymouth, and yet I support the town more than these so called locals ever could, yet another thing you can be ashamed of.
well done weymouth, a brilliant Olympic year!. I wonder if this person was actually around at the time. Organised events areas closed down leaving visitors and stall holders in the c&*p. Beach areas that had sold few tickets to events being made free for all with no returns of funds for those that had paid. road signs and radio reports advising people to stay away then having to u-turn. Railway networks telling people not to use the railway because they couldn't cope. Well done weymouth. And now the idiots in charge are considering closing the seafront again or having the torch event of people carrying them into the sea. How much did that cost during the Olympics? just goes to show what a waste of money that was if the council can now put a repeat on for nothing. why don't they save the money and actually spend it on the things that need doing around weymouth. How long will the wall behind the council offices on chapelhay street have to wait to be repaired? WELL DONE WEYMOUTH. You're having a giraffe.
[quote][p][bold]niceonecyril[/bold] wrote: Well done Weymouth, a brilliant Olympic year and now the benefits. Those who are saying the report is not factual, then produce facts that prove your lame comments. I am not from Weymouth, and yet I support the town more than these so called locals ever could, yet another thing you can be ashamed of.[/p][/quote]well done weymouth, a brilliant Olympic year!. I wonder if this person was actually around at the time. Organised events areas closed down leaving visitors and stall holders in the c&*p. Beach areas that had sold few tickets to events being made free for all with no returns of funds for those that had paid. road signs and radio reports advising people to stay away then having to u-turn. Railway networks telling people not to use the railway because they couldn't cope. Well done weymouth. And now the idiots in charge are considering closing the seafront again or having the torch event of people carrying them into the sea. How much did that cost during the Olympics? just goes to show what a waste of money that was if the council can now put a repeat on for nothing. why don't they save the money and actually spend it on the things that need doing around weymouth. How long will the wall behind the council offices on chapelhay street have to wait to be repaired? WELL DONE WEYMOUTH. You're having a giraffe. rodwell-t-rail

4:53pm Tue 29 Jan 13

monkeydog says...

niceonecyril wrote:
Well done Weymouth, a brilliant Olympic year and now the benefits. Those who are saying the report is not factual, then produce facts that prove your lame comments. I am not from Weymouth, and yet I support the town more than these so called locals ever could, yet another thing you can be ashamed of.
You must have excellent eyesight. I live in Weymouth and have a business here but can see little of the benefits you refer to. The report is merely positive spin, made in an effort to reverse the effects of a disastrous year most businesses in Weymouth suffered last year.
[quote][p][bold]niceonecyril[/bold] wrote: Well done Weymouth, a brilliant Olympic year and now the benefits. Those who are saying the report is not factual, then produce facts that prove your lame comments. I am not from Weymouth, and yet I support the town more than these so called locals ever could, yet another thing you can be ashamed of.[/p][/quote]You must have excellent eyesight. I live in Weymouth and have a business here but can see little of the benefits you refer to. The report is merely positive spin, made in an effort to reverse the effects of a disastrous year most businesses in Weymouth suffered last year. monkeydog

5:02pm Tue 29 Jan 13

monkeydog says...

Get a grip wrote:
Now watch the boarding house keepers double their fees, then complain that holiday makers are not turning up.

They did this last year.
You need to correct your terminology. A boarding house is one where rooms are let to lodgers, usually for short periods. You obviously mean guesthouses or b&b's so for your information most did not raise their prices, though another poster is correct in saying a few did. Also, the quality of most guesthouses in Weymouth is actually quite high. There are some that are poor but you will find the same anywhere. I doubt you have any understanding of the b&b business. Most individual owners do not make much more than the average annual salary, if that, but for the money they receive they offer very good accommodation on the whole and without them Weymouth would be in a worse mess than it's in now.
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: Now watch the boarding house keepers double their fees, then complain that holiday makers are not turning up. They did this last year.[/p][/quote]You need to correct your terminology. A boarding house is one where rooms are let to lodgers, usually for short periods. You obviously mean guesthouses or b&b's so for your information most did not raise their prices, though another poster is correct in saying a few did. Also, the quality of most guesthouses in Weymouth is actually quite high. There are some that are poor but you will find the same anywhere. I doubt you have any understanding of the b&b business. Most individual owners do not make much more than the average annual salary, if that, but for the money they receive they offer very good accommodation on the whole and without them Weymouth would be in a worse mess than it's in now. monkeydog

10:29pm Tue 29 Jan 13

JamesYoung says...

niceonecyril wrote:
Well done Weymouth, a brilliant Olympic year and now the benefits. Those who are saying the report is not factual, then produce facts that prove your lame comments. I am not from Weymouth, and yet I support the town more than these so called locals ever could, yet another thing you can be ashamed of.
The facts are in the report.
Bookings are up 26% on what was a very bad year.
Bath had a 22% rise. Did this town also receive an Olympic boost, despite having no Olympics?
[quote][p][bold]niceonecyril[/bold] wrote: Well done Weymouth, a brilliant Olympic year and now the benefits. Those who are saying the report is not factual, then produce facts that prove your lame comments. I am not from Weymouth, and yet I support the town more than these so called locals ever could, yet another thing you can be ashamed of.[/p][/quote]The facts are in the report. Bookings are up 26% on what was a very bad year. Bath had a 22% rise. Did this town also receive an Olympic boost, despite having no Olympics? JamesYoung

10:03am Wed 30 Jan 13

rodwell-t-rail says...

The facts are on the commercial property for sale/rent pages on the internet. with that many B&B'S, Hotels and town centre businesses up for grabs. Weymouth is not doing well.
The facts are on the commercial property for sale/rent pages on the internet. with that many B&B'S, Hotels and town centre businesses up for grabs. Weymouth is not doing well. rodwell-t-rail

10:15am Wed 30 Jan 13

rodwell-t-rail says...

If this is the "Olympic effect" I can't understand why anyone would want to host them. I do hope that Brazil just get on with it and don't ask the UK how to do it.
If this is the "Olympic effect" I can't understand why anyone would want to host them. I do hope that Brazil just get on with it and don't ask the UK how to do it. rodwell-t-rail

1:00pm Wed 30 Jan 13

pigfarmer says...

So, back up to 2011 levels then.
So, back up to 2011 levels then. pigfarmer

8:11pm Wed 30 Jan 13

JACKC says...

Well niceonecyril will have the holiday of a lifetime then won't he? Just bring plenty of money to put in the car park ticket machine though, and sunglasses to avoid the glare from the fantastic laser lights (not) (are those rose tinted glasses?). Oh dear, what bad terminology and me a so called local! Sob! Sob!
Well niceonecyril will have the holiday of a lifetime then won't he? Just bring plenty of money to put in the car park ticket machine though, and sunglasses to avoid the glare from the fantastic laser lights (not) (are those rose tinted glasses?). Oh dear, what bad terminology and me a so called local! Sob! Sob! JACKC

7:53pm Thu 31 Jan 13

portlandresident says...

Clearly not the time to get rid of the Tourist Information service then! There's likely to be people telephoning them, saying that they've seen Weymouth on the TV, thought it looks nice, and want to come and stay. But, there won't be anyone there to welcome them, and tell them where to spend their hard earned cash! The irony!”
Clearly not the time to get rid of the Tourist Information service then! There's likely to be people telephoning them, saying that they've seen Weymouth on the TV, thought it looks nice, and want to come and stay. But, there won't be anyone there to welcome them, and tell them where to spend their hard earned cash! The irony!” portlandresident

5:46pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Grandmaster flash says...

There is a big difference of opinion here!Those who saw there town for odd days during the Olympics and the poor retailers/business people who suffered all the way through it! Everyone is suffering ,its now down to who can stay in business long enough to come out the otherside.If only just a small fraction of the wasted Olympic money could have been used to help redevelop certain parts of the town.None of this is helped by council officers drawing huge salaries and future pensions ,making awful decisions that affect us all.
There is a big difference of opinion here!Those who saw there town for odd days during the Olympics and the poor retailers/business people who suffered all the way through it! Everyone is suffering ,its now down to who can stay in business long enough to come out the otherside.If only just a small fraction of the wasted Olympic money could have been used to help redevelop certain parts of the town.None of this is helped by council officers drawing huge salaries and future pensions ,making awful decisions that affect us all. Grandmaster flash

7:48pm Sun 3 Feb 13

Get a grip says...

monkeydog wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
Now watch the boarding house keepers double their fees, then complain that holiday makers are not turning up.

They did this last year.
You need to correct your terminology. A boarding house is one where rooms are let to lodgers, usually for short periods. You obviously mean guesthouses or b&b's so for your information most did not raise their prices, though another poster is correct in saying a few did. Also, the quality of most guesthouses in Weymouth is actually quite high. There are some that are poor but you will find the same anywhere. I doubt you have any understanding of the b&b business. Most individual owners do not make much more than the average annual salary, if that, but for the money they receive they offer very good accommodation on the whole and without them Weymouth would be in a worse mess than it's in now.
My point is that many establishments call their property a "Hotel" but at best they are B & B`s or Guesthouses.

Many so called Hotels advertise accommodation for contractors. Is this not your definition of a Boarding House.
[quote][p][bold]monkeydog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: Now watch the boarding house keepers double their fees, then complain that holiday makers are not turning up. They did this last year.[/p][/quote]You need to correct your terminology. A boarding house is one where rooms are let to lodgers, usually for short periods. You obviously mean guesthouses or b&b's so for your information most did not raise their prices, though another poster is correct in saying a few did. Also, the quality of most guesthouses in Weymouth is actually quite high. There are some that are poor but you will find the same anywhere. I doubt you have any understanding of the b&b business. Most individual owners do not make much more than the average annual salary, if that, but for the money they receive they offer very good accommodation on the whole and without them Weymouth would be in a worse mess than it's in now.[/p][/quote]My point is that many establishments call their property a "Hotel" but at best they are B & B`s or Guesthouses. Many so called Hotels advertise accommodation for contractors. Is this not your definition of a Boarding House. Get a grip

6:31am Mon 4 Feb 13

mark@greenhill says...

The same negative, moaning, depressing comments, from the same negative, moaning, depressing people.

These same people would complain if the town was full of tourists, & the roads were clogged with cars arriving in town.

These same people, wake up every day of their lives, looking for something to complain about.

If only these people were actually doing anything positive towards improving the situation, instead of sitting in their armchair complaining ?
The same negative, moaning, depressing comments, from the same negative, moaning, depressing people. These same people would complain if the town was full of tourists, & the roads were clogged with cars arriving in town. These same people, wake up every day of their lives, looking for something to complain about. If only these people were actually doing anything positive towards improving the situation, instead of sitting in their armchair complaining ? mark@greenhill

1:55pm Mon 4 Feb 13

JamesYoung says...

mark@greenhill wrote:
The same negative, moaning, depressing comments, from the same negative, moaning, depressing people.

These same people would complain if the town was full of tourists, & the roads were clogged with cars arriving in town.

These same people, wake up every day of their lives, looking for something to complain about.

If only these people were actually doing anything positive towards improving the situation, instead of sitting in their armchair complaining ?
My dear chap, perhaps your distaste arises from the fact that those "same negative people" were called similar names prior to the Olympics and, if they'd been heeded, the experience might have been better for all concerned? Hmmm?
[quote][p][bold]mark@greenhill[/bold] wrote: The same negative, moaning, depressing comments, from the same negative, moaning, depressing people. These same people would complain if the town was full of tourists, & the roads were clogged with cars arriving in town. These same people, wake up every day of their lives, looking for something to complain about. If only these people were actually doing anything positive towards improving the situation, instead of sitting in their armchair complaining ?[/p][/quote]My dear chap, perhaps your distaste arises from the fact that those "same negative people" were called similar names prior to the Olympics and, if they'd been heeded, the experience might have been better for all concerned? Hmmm? JamesYoung

5:52pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Dylanfan says...

Are the moaning minnies being encouraged by other resorts to put visitors off coming to Weymouth? Don't they have the faintest inkling that their constant complaint that absolutely everythiing in Weymouth is rubbish is a very bad advert? Maybe they would like a sign at the top of Ridgeway saying "Go away!".
Are the moaning minnies being encouraged by other resorts to put visitors off coming to Weymouth? Don't they have the faintest inkling that their constant complaint that absolutely everythiing in Weymouth is rubbish is a very bad advert? Maybe they would like a sign at the top of Ridgeway saying "Go away!". Dylanfan

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