More Evidence That Scilly’s Tourism Numbers Are Rising

busy hugh street with visitorsIt’s been a successful Bank Holiday for Scilly businesses, despite the bad weather that has blighted much of the UK over the weekend.

And overall, it appears that the trend for increased tourism numbers has accelerated throughout the summer.

The TIC say that most accommodation was booked up, and by Thursday morning there were just a handful of rooms available, many for only a single night.

All the off-island campsites were full. Kathy Stedeford says there have been more bookings for her pitches on Bryher at either side of the holiday weekend too.

Peninnis campsite was also booked up. Zenna Jenkins says they only take weeklong stays at this time of the year.

There were no spaces at Hell Bay, the Star Castle or the Atlantic Hotel. Roger Page of St Mary’s Hall Hotel, who also had no availability this weekend, says that their occupancy is up 10% on last year.

And Roger says there’s been an 11% increase in the lettings in their other business, Scilly-Self Catering, this year. They manage 77 properties on the islands.

Tim Guthrie of Come to Scilly says all of the accommodation he manages was booked-up this weekend, just like last year. And Gill Dan of Bryher-based IoS Inclusive Holidays also reported an increase in bookings year-on year. Gill says she’s sure that the good weather this summer has helped.

The Steamship Company has released new figures that give hope we’re finally seeing a sustained return to pre-recession visitor levels.

They report a 12.8% hike in Skybus and Scillonian passenger numbers so far this year when compared to the same period in 2013. Those statistics don’t take this weekend’s numbers into account.