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Cottages & Castles analyse the industry ahead of VisitScotland Expo

Cottages & Castles who will be hosting a stand at the VisitScotland Expo, 22nd -23rd April 2015, reflect on how the holiday lets industry has developed over recent years.
Since 1983 Cottages & Castles has been selecting only the finest Scottish holiday houses for visitor’s enjoyment. Today they proudly offer around 650 self-catering properties that cater for a wide range of budgets, styles and expectations. However, over the past few years there has been a dramatic shift in the way clients have made booking and what they expect from a holiday lets company.

Sue Bourne, manager of Cottages & Castles, said: “Scotland is undoubtedly one of the world’s top travel destinations. The company has continued to grow year on year with repeat clients, higher quality properties and a notable surge in ‘staycations’ over the last few years. We have also noticed a definite trend in the market towards short break bookings. The flexibility and ease of booking a short or long stay vacation online means holidaymakers are booking more than one holiday a year with us and often at the last minute.

“Short break online bookings for the past year have increased by 65% for Cottages & Castles whilst last minute bookings are up by 90%. It is obvious that what holiday makers are after has shifted and we have adapted our service and expertise to cater for this demand.

“We are delighted to be hosting a stand at this year’s VisitScotland Expo in Aberdeen, it’ already well known what a fantastic holiday destination Scotland is, but Cottages & Castles offers accommodation that makes a trip unforgettable. We can cater for a range of budgets and styles.

“We also offer the perfect venue from which to host corporate trips, mixed groups who want to get to know Scotland, families or couples. We can give an authentic Scottish experience whether it is a 15th century castle, a five star near the golf courses of the central belt or a luxurious beach bothy we have it all. We can ensure that whether you’re entertaining your business clients or hosting a family party your event is memorable and in the ideal location.”

Cottages & Castles will be exhibiting at the VisitScotland expo on 22nd – 23rd April 2015 in the AECC, Aberdeen. 

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