Tourist Bookings Are Good, But Trend Is To Last Minute

Better data recording is giving a clearer picture of how our tourism sector is changing.

This year, staff at the Economic Development department, who look after tourism, have been analysing how accommodation availability has changed month by month.

And it seems that people are more likely to book last minute, which is in line with national trends.

Despite suggestions that Hugh Town seems quiet, Julian Pearce says August bookings are good. And he says the weather can play a big role in people’s perceptions – when the weather’s good, it brings visitors out into the streets and creates that ‘buzz’.

Self-catering accommodation has just 7.5% of space reported to the TIC as available. Half board accommodation is 75% booked and bed and breakfasts are 70% occupied.

Those figures account for around 1200 nightly bed spaces so, with the exception of hotel data, which is not currently recorded, August is around three quarters full.