The ‘barbeque summer’ is an official wash out, with staycations quickly becoming a thing of the past. Holidaymakers across the UK are searching for cheap holidays abroad to enjoy the sun elsewhere. One place bargain hunters are turning to for their holiday destinations are online voucher codes and offers sites, such as VoucherSeeker. (www.voucherseeker.co.uk).
Online PR News – 10-August-2009 – – The ‘barbeque summer’ is an official wash out, with staycations quickly becoming a thing of the past. Holidaymakers across the UK are searching for cheap holidays abroad to enjoy the sun elsewhere. One place bargain hunters are turning to for their holiday destinations are online voucher codes and offers sites, such as VoucherSeeker. (www.voucherseeker.co.uk).
When the nation were confident there was going to be a warmer summer, holiday destinations such as Butlins and Haven reported record booking numbers, as holidaymakers strove to save money during the recession by staying in the UK.
However, since the Met office’s admission that the summer will be wet, travel websites have noted a surge in searches for holidays abroad. Travel firm Lastminute.com said interest in "staycation" holidays in Britain had peaked in June, when searches on its website for UK destinations surpassed those for Spain.
“You can definitely tell the holiday season is here but the British Summer isn’t!,” states Ed Wilkinson, VoucherSeeker Director, “Where as recently we have had voucher codes for tents from Littlewoods and outdoor furniture from B&Q listed for those staying at home, we are now seeing more people searching on the site for holiday bargains from such companies as Thomson and Park Resorts for those wanting to get away. That’s not to stay that people are entirely focused on travel: Vodafone promotional codes and Currys ##--3--## continue to be popular”.
Vodafone’s promise of abolishing roaming charges this summer, together with their offer of giving a £50 lastminute.com voucher on all 18 month mobile phone contracts under £30 (Vodafone Passport) has ensured Vodafone remains popular on VoucherSeeker.
Established high street retailers are also seeing the benefit of summer spending. “We found Voucher Seeker extremely beneficial to our business- experiencing a conversion rate of nearly 10% in the period of activity with them.” Noted Kevin Barnes, Web Manager for BHS.
Top destinations sun seekers are now travelling to are Turkey and Egypt. Holiday makers are choosing to take all inclusive holidays to avoid the higher cost of Europe, thanks to the weaker pound which has seen European destinations up to 30 per cent more expensive than previous years. To combat this, holidaymakers are looking to online deals sites such as VoucherSeeker to get discounts on their travel arrangements.
The quarterly e-Customer Service Index Survey (source: eDigitalResearch/IMRG) found that almost 90% of people perceive the internet to have the lowest prices, and that 60% said the current economic climate made it more likely that they would hunt for bargains. Money off discounts was by far the favourite type of offer, accounting for 60.4% of people, ahead of free delivery on 21.5%, two for one purchases (16.2%) and free gifts (1.8%).
Promotional code sites offer holidaymakers a range of ##--2--## for money off holidays. Whether users are booking a holiday from travel agents such as Thomson, deciding to book flights from Jet2 and Expedia, or looking for somewhere to rest their head at hotels such as Hilton, voucher code sites provide plenty of discount codes for money off, ensuring users make savings.
VoucherSeeker have included promotional codes for hotel chains such as Warner Leisure Hotels and MacDonald Hotels. Bargain hunters travelling further afield have searched for voucher codes from brands such as Skyparksecure and HolidayLettings.
Not only this, but holidaymakers can search for discount vouchers for holiday essentials also. The cost of holidays can add up when the prices of clothing, footwear and even suitcases are included. Whether users want to buy sun creams, clothing and footwear or essentials, they are turning to VoucherSeeker for discounts.
Keeping the children entertained over summer, usually a daunting prospect striking fear into many parents hearts, has just become easier. Attractions such as Alton Towers and Legoland are offering vouchers for money off trips for the whole family.
On average, parents spend £5.3 billion on entertaining their children over the holidays. The cost of keeping boredom at bay continues to increase as parents spend an average of £500 on games, day trips and activities, not to mention £158 per child going on trips away from home, research by Sainsburys has found.
“I think people tend to assume that promotional code sites such as VoucherSeeker are only here to offer voucher codes on clothing, when really we offer activities for the whole family for less. Entertaining your children this summer shouldn’t cost a fortune if you know where to look.” Says Ed.
Whether people are planning a quick getaway to the sun, or simply to keep their children busy over the holidays, it seems that voucher code sites continue to provide Britons with the opportunity to save money.