Easter Rain Drives Record Visits to European Holidays Specialist

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Despair amongst UK Families who had banked on the recent sunny weather to continue into the Easter break resulted in I Spy Camping.com, the holidays in France specialist, hitting record figures.

Camping Holidays in France for 2012
...we helped over 10,000 visitors – a 120% increase on a typical day – to find their next holiday.

As founder of I Spy Camping, Will Goodridge, explains further ‘As the rain continued to wash out Bank Holiday Monday plans, we helped over 10,000 visitors – a 120% increase on a typical day – to find their next holiday.’ He went on to add ‘We can easily assume that the persistent bad weather over much of the UK for the Easter weekend, meant families, who had not gone away for Easter, found the time and the inclination to seek solace in researching their summer holidays.’

According to I Spy Camping, the most popular destinations researched on Monday were south of France holidays and camping in Brittany. Closely followed by Italy, Landes and the Vendee. Campsites by the beach, such as La Baie du Kernic and Le Clarys Plage and those on the shores of a lake like Camping Weekend by lake Garda faired very well. And the most popular start dates were the 2nd of June, the 28th of July and 11th of August.

Goodridge continued, ‘Whilst UK holidays in 2012 are set to remain buoyant, many families will wait until the very last minute before deciding where to holiday, taking into consideration their holiday budget, the weather and availability. All tour operators need to be prepared and make researching and booking a last minute holiday as easy possible.’

The inclement weather, which saw more than 2 inches of rain fall in one day, is set to continue for much of the week and into next weekend, with temperatures remaining between 12C to 14C during the day, according to the Met Office.    

For more information about camping destinations across Europe, please visit ISpyCamping.com

About I Spy Camping -
I Spy Camping is the European family holiday specialist, making it easy to find and compare over 100,000 holidays at more than 650 campsites in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Croatia. ISpyCamping.com is the only website to bring together the UK’s leading camping operators with French and Dutch companies including Travel Horizon, Vagues Oceanes and Mistercamp who are easily available to UK families for the first time. Well-known brands including Eurocamp, Selectcamp, Keycamp and Canvas are also available. The company launched in November 2010 and was shortlisted for a Travolution Travel Pioneer award in its first year.

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