People from around the world have booked their seat for the biggest event of the year, as Expedia.co.uk reports a giant 266% rise in bookings to London for the Royal Wedding - the biggest tourist event of 2011.
Proving the Royals are still incredibly popular in the USA, so far three times more Americans have booked hotels for the nuptials than Brits. With thousands of tourists flocking in, UK travellers are celebrating elsewhere. Taking advantage of getting eleven days off for the price of three, bookings have already risen by 80% on Expedia for the 11 day break. Perhaps looking to emulate the royal wedding themselves, Las Vegas is the destination of choice for Brits!
Even in times of celebration, tourists planning to come to London are still watching their budget with many ‘value for money’ hotels being booked up even if it means a compromise on location. At an average price of £140 per night, three star Days Inn hotel is a booking hotspot, as well as Holiday Inn Limehouse and Novotel City South in Southwark.
Andrew Warner from Expedia.co.uk says, “The Royal Wedding is proving a welcome stimulus for the travel industry and we have seen a significant increase in bookings from travellers seeking to watch the spectacle. At the same time large numbers of our UK customers have been keen to take advantage of the extra bank holiday and are booking trips further afield than is commonplace in April.
In response to this demand, Expedia has launched a dedicated Royal Wedding travel page featuring both deals to London and getaway options for those simply seeking to take advantage of the fact that, with the extra holiday, taking three days off work can mean an 11 day break”.