Following the announcement of the royal wedding date of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the UK’s fastest growing hotel chain Travelodge, this morning reported it has seen a stampede of international and British visitors to its booking website – resulting in a double digit increase in London room bookings.
The biggest number of international web visitors to www.travelodge.co.uk in search of a low cost room has been from people in: America, Canada, Australia, Japan and India. Whilst in the UK the most visitors to the website has been from northern cities such as Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool.
The stampede of visitors to the Travelodge website in search of a bed for the royal wedding has resulted in the company seeing a double digit growth in room bookings for its 41 London located hotels.
Guy Parsons, Travelodge CEO said; “We have seen a phenomenal number of online visitors to our website from all corners of the world in the last 24 hours. People like to be on the spot when historic events happen and it’s certainly evident that everyone wants to be a part of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s special day.”
“With the addition of a bonus fourth bank holiday in the space of two week during 2011, savvy Britons are carefully planning to make the most of their holiday by taking minimum days of work. We were already expecting a surge in booking for the Easter period as employees make the most of the extra days available in quick succession. With the addition of a public holiday on Friday 29 April for the royal wedding, it means that a typical employee finishing work on Thursday 21 April can take just three days holiday allowance and not return until Tuesday 3 May.”
“The royal wedding is not great news for London tourism it will greatly boost our much needed British economy across the country.”