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Premier Inn owner reports Omicron hit to bookings

3 days ago   |   By Travel and Tourworld

Premier Inn owner Whitbread has reported a hit to bookings as Omicron disrupted the run-up to Christmas and warned that it will put up room rates as it faces surging costs.
Whitbread said while group sales rose by 3.1% in the third quarter to 25 November, consumer jitters and restrictions over the variant led to a “softening” in demand.
But it said that while its core British operations had proved mostly resilient ahead of the festive season, with like-for-like hotel revenues up 5% on the same period two years ago, the restrictions in Germany had taken a greater toll.
It has 32 Premier Inn...
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A Lake District tourism group welcomes a “surge” in bookings for 2022

A Lake District tourism group welcomes a “surge” in bookings for 2022

3 days ago   |   By Travel and Tourworld

A Lake District tourism group has welcomed what it describes as a “surge” in bookings for 2022.
In the first week of January this year, bookings made with the help of the Keswick Tourism Association's commission-free platform crossed pre-pandemic levels.
Bookings are more than two-and-a-half times greater than January 2020, before coronavirus made its presence.
It also followed a busy festive period with December bookings going up 28% on December 2019.
Tourism is usually worth £3bn a year to the Lake District economy as a whole, but the first year of the pandemic alone brought an estimated...
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