Scotland’s recent spell of warm weather has forced large crowds of shoppers outside, with many retailers seeing their sales go up significantly. Other businesses, such as restaurants, have also done well, as people have preferred celebrating at home rather than travelling further afield.
According to tour operator Barrhead Travel, sales of overseas holidays have seen a significant drop off. UK trips, on the other hand, are buoyant.
According to VisitScotland, however, there was an increase in these so called ‘staycations’ long before the sun arrived. With the weekend seeing record temperatures, better figures are expected too.
It will come as great news to many shops and outlets in Scotland, as they continue to implement financial strategies to help them grow. Those taking out invoice factoring facilities will be happy, for example, with further business allowing them to boost their cash flow.
Talking about the welcome warmth, a spokesperson from VisitScotland said:
“Good weather will encourage more and more people to experience Scotland, stay at home, go out for the day, and spend their holidays in Scotland.”
The weather is not good for travel agents, though. Barrhead Travel has said that Mediterranean holidays were down by at least 20 per cent.
A round of significant price cuts in the travel industry is seeing figures pick back up again, however.
The British weather may soon be helping too. Already looking set to turn, as the thunderstorms rip through from the south, those far flung destinations may well be seeing a late influx of Brit visitors as the school holidays get underway.