Positive outlook for the 2016 summer season as bookings flood in for holidays in North Devon.

It’s been a positive start to the year for holiday businesses as bookings flood in.

Woolacombe Bay Holiday Park recorded a great ‘Sunshine Saturday’ – the equivalent of Black Friday for holiday deals.

Spokesman Kevin Darvill said bookings were up 21 per cent on last year and revenue was up 31 per cent.

He said: “With huge insecurity in popular holiday destinations like Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia, and prices increasing in closer- to-home overseas destinations such as Spain as demand far outstrips supply, many families are choosing the convenience and security of a UK holiday.”

Bideford business holidaycottages.co.uk reported an 83 per cent increase in short break holidays in the UK.

James Morris, managing director, said: “We saw the trend starting to emerge in 2014, but a number of factors have pushed short breaks into the forefront of consumer’s holiday habits.

“With people now taking more than one holiday a year, for a UK staycation they are opting for shorter trip, or trips so they can see a wider variety of areas over shorter periods of time.”