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Ready to sizzle! Britain faces the hottest day of the year TODAY as temperatures rise to 95 ° F


Britain faces the hottest day of the year today as temperatures could reach 35 ° C, making it hotter than the Costa del Sol.

Disappointed vacationers can be comforted by the scorching temperatures, as many parts of Britain are hotter than mainland Europe.

The hot weather will be widespread in the southeastern areas of Kent and Cambridgeshire, where temperatures will remain at 33-34 ° C. Manchester is expected to peak at 32 ° C and parts of Wales are also expected to reach 30 ° C.

A Met spokesman added that popular south coast destinations like Devon, Cornwall, with temperatures peaking in the mid-1920s, will stay "fresher" and sun-seekers in Brighton will enjoy a comfortable 28 ° C high.

Popular tourist attractions on the continent, including Ibiza, Lisbon and Berlin, fall below the British high and reach 33 ° C (91.4 ° F), 30 ° C (86 ° F) and 25 ° C (77 ° F).

Sun-seekers already enjoyed the warm-up yesterday, as many streamed to the south coast at temperatures of 29.6 ° C.

The beaches were full everywhere. Thousands came to sunspots at resorts in Cornwall, such as Lyme Regis in Dorset and Camber Sands in East Sussex, as they soaked up the heat-reflecting scenes in May and early June when the restrictions on restrictions were relaxed. The ocean at Woolacombe in Devon was full of surfers as families crowded onto the popular beach.

Many coastal favorites across the country are reported to be fully booked by the end of September as travelers choose to stay rather than risk traveling abroad.

A survey by MailOnline asked 20 of the best campsites in Cornwall and 15 in Dorset if two adults could stay a week from today. Nobody had a free lodge, a parking space or a motorhome parking space.

In other places, prices have risen. A four-star hotel in Newquay, Cornwall costs nearly £ 350 a night.

The current warm period is due to the fact that a warm air cloud is being drawn north from France and Spain. Beach visitors were asked to take precautions, including wearing sunscreen and hats, as UV radiation is likely to be high.

The sun rises from Hampstead Heath on one of the hottest days of the year

Female wild swimmers, two girls in a kayak and paddle boarders enjoyed the sunrise activity in Portobello in Edinburgh

Female wild swimmers, two girls in a kayak and paddle boarders enjoyed the sunrise activity in Portobello in Edinburgh

Sun worshipers and holidaymakers flock to the beach of the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day with hot sunshine and clear blue skies

Sun worshipers and holidaymakers flock to the beach of the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day with hot sunshine and clear blue skies

Tourists enjoy bodyboarding and surfing on Polzeath Beach. Tourists are slowly returning to Cornwall after lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus have been eased

Tourists enjoy bodyboarding and surfing on Polzeath Beach. Tourists are slowly returning to Cornwall after lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus have been eased

Crowds clog Lyme Regis in Dorset in scenes similar to those in May and early June before the weather got wet across the UK

Crowds clog Lyme Regis in Dorset in scenes similar to those in May and early June before the weather got wet across the UK

Sun worshipers and holidaymakers flock to the beach of the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day with hot sunshine and clear blue skies

Sun worshipers and holidaymakers flock to the beach of the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day with hot sunshine and clear blue skies

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury take advantage of the warm weather in late July by cruising the Great Stour Punts

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury take advantage of the warm weather in late July by cruising the Great Stour Punts

The 500-mile-wide "Spanish cloud" that blew from Spain to the UK when Britain enjoyed a mini-heat wave with 84F Sizzler on Thursday

The 500-mile-wide "Spanish cloud" that blew from Spain to the UK when Britain enjoyed a mini-heat wave with 84F Sizzler on Thursday

Travel giant Tui closes 166 high street stores in the UK and Ireland, which could hit 900 workers if the job carnage continues

The holiday giant Tui closes 166 high street stores in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, the largest British tour operator has announced.

The decision was made after changes in customer behavior as a result of the pandemic, the company said in a statement. The English-German company described COVID-19 as the "biggest crisis" the aviation industry has ever faced.

It announced it would cut 8,000 jobs worldwide after losing £ 747m in 2020 compared to £ 255m in the same period last year.

Tui said it would try to relocate 70 percent of the 900 employees affected by the closure of the homework sales and service roles, and it would aim to move other employees to the remaining high street stores.

But the heat wave, which will bring temperatures similar to those on Ibiza or on the Costa del Sol, will not last long as long as the conditions are cooler tomorrow and Sunday.

Andy Page of the Met Office said: & # 39; Most of England and Wales will have dry, very warm and sunny weather to end the week, with Friday being probably the hottest day of the year for Britain.

"A few thunderstorms are possible later on Friday, and a cold front will move east until Saturday."

The hottest day of the year so far was June 25th at 33.4 ° C (92.1 ° F) in Heathrow.

The hottest places today will be in London and parts of the South East where there could be 35 ° C (95 ° F). Leeds and Manchester are also expected to reach 31 ° C (88 ° F), while Newcastle upon Tyne and West Wales are expected to reach 26 ° C (79 ° F).

But tomorrow the temperatures in London and East Anglia are expected to only reach 25 ° C. Further west and north, temperatures are unlikely to exceed 22 ° C.

A mixture of sun magic and occasional showers is expected on Sunday. And for the first ten days of August, the Met Office predicts that the unsettled conditions will continue.

The UK average for this month is currently said to be only 13.9 ° C (57 ° F) – one degree less than the long-term average of 15.2 ° C (59.3 ° F) from 1981-2010.

The cool temperatures and wet weather can be attributed to low-pressure systems and weather fronts as well as to "unusual" winds – gusts of up to 80 km / h were recorded on Monday.

The UK has already exceeded 100 percent of the average monthly rainfall and experienced only two thirds (66 percent) of the expected sunshine for an average July – a total of 113.4 hours, according to Met Office figures.

In recent years, the average July temperature has exceeded the average, reaching 16.4 ° C (61.5 ° F) and 17.2 ° C (63 ° F) in 2019 and 2018, respectively.

Meanwhile, Jane Pendlebury, managing director of the Hospitality Professionals Association, an association of the hotel industry, said that staying in the UK could be a cheap option for vacationers.

She said: "Of course the danger of regional outbreaks is real, but the restrictions imposed will not be as effective – returning from the UK is far easier than coming from abroad.

Tourists enjoy bodyboarding and surfing on Polzeath Beach. Tourists are slowly returning to Cornwall after lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus have been eased

Tourists enjoy bodyboarding and surfing on Polzeath Beach. Tourists are slowly returning to Cornwall after lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus have been eased

Tourists enjoy bodyboarding and surfing on Polzeath Beach. Tourists are slowly returning to Cornwall after lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus have been eased

Tourists enjoy bodyboarding and surfing on Polzeath Beach. Tourists are slowly returning to Cornwall after lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus have been eased

Tourists enjoy bodyboarding and surfing on Polzeath Beach. Tourists are slowly returning to Cornwall after lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus have been eased

Tourists enjoy bodyboarding and surfing on Polzeath Beach. Tourists are slowly returning to Cornwall after lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus have been eased

Tourists enjoy bodyboarding and surfing on Polzeath Beach. Tourists are slowly returning to Cornwall after lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus have been eased

Tourists enjoy bodyboarding and surfing on Polzeath Beach. Tourists are slowly returning to Cornwall after lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus have been eased

Sun worshipers and holidaymakers flock to the beach of the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day with hot sunshine and clear blue skies

Sun worshipers and holidaymakers flock to the beach of the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day with hot sunshine and clear blue skies

Crowds clog Lyme Regis in Dorset in scenes similar to those in May and early June before the weather got wet across the UK

Crowds clog Lyme Regis in Dorset in scenes similar to those in May and early June before the weather got wet across the UK

Sun worshipers and holidaymakers flock to the beach of the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day with hot sunshine and clear blue skies

Sun worshipers and holidaymakers flock to the beach of the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a day with hot sunshine and clear blue skies

The British returned to the beaches (pictured this morning in Lyme Regis in Dorset) when the sun came out and the temperatures skyrocketed

The British returned to the beaches (pictured this morning in Lyme Regis in Dorset) when the sun came out and the temperatures skyrocketed

Swimmers enjoy a swim at Lyme Regis in Dorset on Thursday morning, when the temperatures were at 84 ° F on Thursday before a summer scorcher occurred on Friday

Swimmers enjoy a swim at Lyme Regis in Dorset on Thursday morning, when the temperatures were at 84 ° F on Thursday before a summer scorcher occurred on Friday

Sun worshipers set up small tents on Thursday to protect themselves from the scorching heat, while others head for the warmer waters in Lyme Regis, Dorset

Sun worshipers set up small tents on Thursday to protect themselves from the scorching heat, while others head for the warmer waters in Lyme Regis, Dorset

Sun worshipers flock to the coast in Brighton, while Britain endures another mini heat wave when temperatures hit 84 ° F on Thursday

Sun worshipers flock to the coast in Brighton, while Britain endures another mini heat wave when temperatures hit 84 ° F on Thursday

The parking lots are full of vehicles, while vacationers flock to the beach at West Bay in Dorset on a day with hot sunshine and clear blue skies

The parking lots are full of vehicles, while vacationers flock to the beach at West Bay in Dorset on a day with hot sunshine and clear blue skies

Sun-seekers and vacationers camped out on Thursday before a hot weekend at Porth Beach Holiday Park in Cornwall

Sun-seekers and vacationers camped out on Thursday before a hot weekend at Porth Beach Holiday Park in Cornwall

Sun-seekers and vacationers camped out on Thursday before a hot weekend at Porth Beach Holiday Park in Cornwall

Sun-seekers and vacationers camped out on Thursday before a hot weekend at Porth Beach Holiday Park in Cornwall

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury take advantage of the warm weather in late July by cruising the Great Stour Punts

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury take advantage of the warm weather in late July by cruising the Great Stour Punts

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury take advantage of the warm weather in late July by cruising the Great Stour Punts

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury take advantage of the warm weather in late July by cruising the Great Stour Punts

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury take advantage of the warm weather in late July by cruising the Great Stour Punts

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury take advantage of the warm weather in late July by cruising the Great Stour Punts

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury take advantage of the warm weather in late July by cruising the Great Stour Punts

Visitors to Westgate Gardens in Canterbury take advantage of the warm weather in late July by cruising the Great Stour Punts

People sunbathing in Wandsworth Park in London on Thursday while Britain endures a mini heat wave with temperatures of 84 ° F

People sunbathing in Wandsworth Park in London on Thursday while Britain endures a mini heat wave with temperatures of 84 ° F

A woman sunbathing on the Putney River in London on Thursday while Britain endures a mini heat wave with temperatures of 84 ° F

A woman sunbathing on the Putney River in London on Thursday while Britain endures a mini heat wave with temperatures of 84 ° F

A man rides his rowing boat on the River Thames in London while Britain endures a mini heatwave when temperatures reach 84 ° F

A man rides his rowing boat on the River Thames in London while Britain endures a mini heatwave when temperatures reach 84 ° F

A man stretches out on a bench during a sunny start at Wimbledon Common in southwestern London as temperatures rise

A man stretches out on a bench during a sunny start at Wimbledon Common in southwestern London as temperatures rise

Barnaby Eastburn, two, pretends to drive a Massey Ferguson tractor on the Stoke Farm sunflower field in Hayling Island, Hampshire

Barnaby Eastburn, two, pretends to drive a Massey Ferguson tractor on the Stoke Farm sunflower field in Hayling Island, Hampshire

Best friends Georgia Baker (yellow), 10, and Freya Beswick, also 10, enjoy the stunning sea of ​​sunflowers near the village of Bloxworth in Dorset

Best friends Georgia Baker (yellow), 10, and Freya Beswick, also 10, enjoy the stunning sea of ​​sunflowers near the village of Bloxworth in Dorset

The sun crawls across the horizon this morning in Glastonbury, Somerset, illuminating the rolling hills surrounding the famous city

The sun crawls across the horizon this morning in Glastonbury, Somerset, illuminating the rolling hills surrounding the famous city

A lighthouse guards the sun on the horizon from Roker Harbor in Sunderland on a sunny Thursday morning

A lighthouse guards the sun on the horizon from Roker Harbor in Sunderland on a sunny Thursday morning

This stunning shot shows the sunrise at St. Mary & # 39; s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, as the Met Office said Friday might be the hottest day of the year

This stunning shot shows the sunrise at St. Mary & # 39; s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, as the Met Office said Friday might be the hottest day of the year

The Tyne Bridge in Newcastle in the northeast is illuminated by the sun rising on Thursday morning before the sun shines all day

The Tyne Bridge in Newcastle in the northeast is illuminated by the sun rising on Thursday morning before the sun shines all day

"While we may not be able to offer the same weather as the Balearic or Canary Islands, we can offer exceptional hospitality – albeit with the necessary precautions."

The tour operator TUI has made the general decision to cancel all planned holidays on mainland Spain by August 9.

British campsites and vacation rental operators such as Sykes Cottages have now seen bookings increase.

Graham Donoghue, CEO of Sykes, told the BBC: & # 39; News of Spain's weekend travel restrictions resulted in a 53 percent year-on-year increase in bookings. We also see a steady stream of vacation bookings in 2021. & # 39;

The Whitbread Group, which owns the Premier Inn chain, said it has had strong summer booking requests for hotel rooms in tourist hotspots since early July.

The exclusive department store Fortnum and Mason even offers a special "Perfect Staycation" package – of course with a picnic basket, champagne and tea.

But even if more Britons choose to stay here this year, it is unlikely to make up for the deficit in the tourism sector that is asking the government for help to deal with the crisis.

The London Eye in the center of the capital, which is due to be open to the public again on August 1, is pictured in the sunshine this morning

The London Eye in the center of the capital, which is due to be open to the public again on August 1, is pictured in the sunshine this morning

Sunrise on the Stour River in Christchurch, Dorset, this morning with a breathtaking cloud formation rising above moored boats

Sunrise on the Stour River in Christchurch, Dorset, this morning with a breathtaking cloud formation rising above moored boats

Two people walk over a hill Thursday morning as the sun rises in the Chesterton Windmill in Chesterton, Warwickshire

Two people walk over a hill Thursday morning as the sun rises in the Chesterton Windmill in Chesterton, Warwickshire

VisitBritain, the lobby of British tourism, estimates that the number of foreign tourists this year could drop by up to 60 percent due to the pandemic.

The Labor opposition has already warned of an unemployment crisis in which rates in the most tourist-dependent English regions such as Cornwall (southwest), Yorkshire (north) and the Lake District (northwest) are rising faster than the national average.

Destinations popular with foreign tourists such as Bath in the south west of England also have problems attracting the crowd.

The sight of some tourists moving around the city's famous Roman baths is in stark contrast to the usual crowd in the city, which usually receives around six million visitors annually.

“It's not even a quarter of the business that we normally get. I'd say it's two to three percent, ”said Marcus Barnes as he cleaned the front of his souvenir shop.

Local authorities have introduced new measures, such as limiting the number of groups that visit the city to attract potential vacationers.

Stephen Bird of the City Council said: "We think if we … let fewer people come but stay longer, invest more in the local economy and actually get more out of their visit, then this is a more sustainable model for the future." # 39;

The few intrepid tourists spotted on the streets seemed to have calmed down. Cieran Fowley, who lives in London, said: "You are starting to see hotel disinfection, social detachment, so I feel comfortable overall."

Cornwall is full! Campsites are not available this week in the UK's hotspot's most popular areas – some are booked until late September

  • None of the top 20 campsites in Cornwall offer a week's stay for two adults from Friday
  • Parks and campsites across the UK are experiencing a boom in bookings as the British give up planning trips abroad
  • Haven, Butlin & # 39; s, Center Parcs and Hoseasons are flooded as cottage bookings are cleaned up
  • Officials in St. Ives, famous for their narrow streets, are adopting a policy of staying left as visitor numbers increase

Campsites across Cornwall are fully booked until the end of September as fears of a second wave of coronavirus cause the British to seek tens of thousands of holidays abroad.

As of Friday, two adults will not have a single pitch, RV or lodge at one of the top 20 campsites in the county for a week, as people flock to the south west of England to enjoy a summer break.

MailOnline polled the 20 best campsites in Cornwall, according to campites.co.uk, and found that Little Trevothan Camping & Caravan Park in Helston and Polruan Holidays in Fowey were full by the end of August.

Others, such as the Trethem Mill Touring Park in Truro, are fully booked until the end of September – but must be operated at a reduced capacity of around 50 percent to ensure that they meet the requirements of social distance.

Other locations such as Newquay, St. Austell, Par, Looe, St. Columb Major, Padstow, Whitecross, Mevagissey, Redruth, Bude, Perranporth, Camelford, Marazion and Bude are also fully booked for at least the next week.

It is because parks and campsites across the UK experienced a boom in bookings as the British gave up planning trips abroad and flooded Haven, Butlin & # 39; s, Center Parcs and Hoseasons – and cottages bookings increased.

Surfers and vacationers pack into the waters yesterday at Polzeath Beach in Cornwall as temperatures start to rise

Surfers and vacationers pack into the waters yesterday at Polzeath Beach in Cornwall as temperatures start to rise

The Waterside Holiday Park in Paignton, Devon, pictured yesterday, is one of the places with high demand

The Waterside Holiday Park in Paignton, Devon, pictured yesterday, is one of the places with high demand

Campers on a busy stretch of coast in Leysdown on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent yesterday afternoon

Campers on a busy stretch of coast in Leysdown on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent yesterday afternoon

Children, their parents and grandparents are playing in the sunshine yesterday at Elmhurst Caravan Park on the Isle of Sheppey

Children, their parents and grandparents are playing in the sunshine yesterday at Elmhurst Caravan Park on the Isle of Sheppey

In the meantime, officials in St. Ives, famous for their narrow streets, have introduced a policy to ensure that everyone can keep the distance of more than one meter, which is currently recommended with increasing visitor numbers.

The parking lots in the area are full and people are packing up on the city's popular beach and surrounding cafés. Guests were advised to wear a face mask and not to push themselves into smaller shops.

Staycation Beauty Spots "Vandalized and Trash Infested"

By Alan Shields, Sarah Ward and Ellie Forbes for the Scottish Daily Mail

According to politicians, beauty spots are infested with throwing waste and vandals.

Tory MSP Murdo Fraser calls for police action to address the problems as people flock to the countryside. In the recent incidents, Jobs damaged trees, destroyed old ruins, and left tons of garbage behind.

One of the most famous sights in recent weeks has been the recently restored sign at John o & # 39; Groats, which was broken off by visitors swinging on it.

Mr. Fraser, 54, an avid wild camper, said he made sure he didn't leave any traces of his stays on munro bagging trips.

In The Scotsman, he wrote: “Given the closure of many official campsites due to the Covid 19 pandemic and restrictions on travel abroad, it may come as no surprise that these activities have increased significantly in recent weeks.

"But that's not an excuse for some of the behaviors we're seeing. There is no easy solution to this problem. Agencies need to work together to identify and hold criminals accountable. "

Among the incidents at heritage sites during the closure, six people were caught illegally detecting metal and reports of someone digging at the Callanish Standing Stones in Lewis.

Historical environment Scotland (HES) said that no serious damage had been done, but the archeology could have been disturbed. It was also said to be "horrified" that the Iron Age Fort Castlelaw Hill near Penicuik, Midlothian was used as a toilet.

In the meantime, a petition calls for an “overload fee” for RVs on the 516-mile North Coast 500 route. Within a few days, more than 3,700 people joined a Facebook group to document problems. Local MP Jamie Stone said: "The Scottish Government must know the full force of our concerns."

The North Highland Initiative developed the route five years ago. Chairman David Whiteford said, "NHI will continue to work towards a responsible balance between economic recovery and public security."

A spokesman for the Scottish government said: "Ministers are aware of a number of incidents of garbage, anti-social behavior and damage to our natural environment and are aware that this behavior is completely unacceptable and disrespectful to local communities."

He added that local fines could be imposed on the public for trash and anti-social behavior such as vandalism, urination, and intoxication.

Malcolm Bell, managing director of Visit Cornwall, admitted earlier this week that some locals are still "nervous" about the sudden onslaught of tourists, but broadly said, "Everyone adheres to the rules of social distance."

He told the Daily Mail: “In general, everyone is very happy. It obviously feels a lot busier for the locals, but overall, everyone adheres to the distance rules.

“Some of the historic cities like St. Ives and Padstow were almost full of people walking the streets. So we remind people again to think about going to other places and making sure that they're busy.

“We have introduced a one-way system that is somehow adhered to, but I'm afraid that people can be a bit forgetful on vacation. I think for some locals it's two meters, just six feet. Even if you keep this distance, it can feel pretty busy.

"So we would say to people with a more nervous attitude that we are thinking about it and are ready to go to a somewhat quieter place – there will be times when it feels a little busy.

& # 39; There is still nervousness from locals. There is still this shock. Places like St. Ives in winter are a ghost town. I think by and large the locals feel that people are doing their best to stick to the rules and they know we need it for the thousands of jobs.

“For the vast majority, it is probably best summarized that we need tourism so that we have to accept it. In an ideal world, they would prefer to have Cornwall to themselves. There are still some who are very nervous. & # 39;

The collapse of the foreign holidays has given British tourism a tremendous opportunity as demand for lodging has increased after hotels, campsites and restaurants were allowed to reopen on July 4th after the closure.

Business is booming now, and Sunday's government announcement that those arriving from Spain may need to isolate themselves for 14 days after an increase in some cases has further improved the outlook.

Given the risk of other countries joining the list as cases increase across Europe, many are considering staying in the UK instead of isolating themselves for two weeks, especially those who cannot work from home.

Jane Pendlebury, managing director of the Hospitality Professionals Association, told AFP: "A stay in the UK … carries a much less disruptive risk."

“Of course, the danger of regional outbreaks is real, but the restrictions imposed will not be as effective – returning from the UK is far easier than from abroad.

"While we may not be able to offer the same weather as the Balearic or Canary Islands, we can offer exceptional hospitality, albeit with the necessary precautions," she added.

The tour operator TUI has made the general decision to cancel all planned holidays on mainland Spain by August 9. British campsites and vacation rental operators have now seen bookings increase.

Graham Donoghue, general manager of Sykes Cottages, told the BBC: & # 39; News of Spain's weekend travel restrictions resulted in a 53 percent year-on-year increase in bookings. We also see a steady stream of vacation bookings in 2021. & # 39;

The Whitbread Group, which owns the Premier Inn chain, said it has had strong summer booking requests for hotel rooms in tourist hotspots since early July.

The Ramslade Caravan & Motorhome Club near Paignton in Devon was pictured yesterday in the midst of the British boom in residence

The Ramslade Caravan & Motorhome Club near Paignton in Devon was pictured yesterday in the midst of the British boom in residence

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer speaks yesterday during a visit to Gyllyngvase Beach Cafe in Falmouth, Cornwall

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer speaks yesterday during a visit to Gyllyngvase Beach Cafe in Falmouth, Cornwall

Visitors with face masks walk through the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth on Monday after its reopening

Visitors with face masks walk through the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth on Monday after its reopening

The exclusive department store Fortnum and Mason even offers a special "Perfect Staycation" package – of course with a picnic basket, champagne and tea.

Quarantine measures could be extended to other countries

Grant Shapps arrives at his Hertfordshire home yesterday

Grant Shapps arrives at his Hertfordshire home yesterday

Secretary of Transport Grant Shapps said he could not rule out that other countries could be involved in the UK's quarantine measures.

Mr. Shapps spoke to reporters when he returned to the UK after canceling a family vacation in Spain.

It follows the UK government's decision to isolate travelers from the country after their return to the UK after a 14-day increase in cases of Covid-19.

He said: “We urgently need to act as soon as we get the information, and that is exactly what happened to Spain, as we saw and as we saw over the weekend, where there were over 6,100 cases – the highest since the peak in March .

“It was the right thing and that's why all of Britain did it at the same time. I can therefore not rule out that other countries also have to go into quarantine. & # 39;

Mr. Shapps said he could understand the frustrations of those affected, even though he insisted that it was "essential" for the government to act.

He said: "I understand a lot (the frustrations), it obviously had an impact on me and my family and I am very, very sorry and I am annoyed by the thousands of Brits who are either gone or may not have made it have also go to Spain this summer.

"But it is absolutely essential that we acted when we did. This is why all four of the United Kingdom's nations acted together, and the numbers have since proven to be a justification for this action. I think we need to have a clear message and make sure that we act by adding whole countries to this list for now. & # 39;

The Transport Minister also said that the exclusion of certain Spanish islands from the UK government's measures had been considered.

He said: “We looked at whether certain islands (on the list) and others could not be included. Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, was very clear to us that he was concerned about the data. We had seen the data in Spain fast forward in 20, 48 hours and increase by 75 percent.

& # 39; It had doubled in just a few days. He was concerned about what was happening on the islands, and that's why we're making it a nationwide approach to these things. & # 39;

But even if more Britons choose to stay here this year, it is unlikely to make up for the deficit in the tourism sector that is asking the government for help to deal with the crisis.

VisitBritain, the lobby of British tourism, estimates that the number of foreign tourists this year could drop by up to 60 percent due to the pandemic.

Labor has already warned of an unemployment crisis in which rates in the most tourist-dependent English regions such as Cornwall, Yorkshire and the Lake District are rising faster than the national average.

Destinations such as Bath that are popular with foreign tourists also have problems attracting the crowd.

The sight of some tourists moving around the city's famous Roman baths is in stark contrast to the usual crowd in the city, which usually receives around six million visitors annually.

“It's not even a quarter of the business that we normally get. I'd say it's two to three percent, ”said Marcus Barnes to AFP as he cleaned the front of his souvenir shop.

Local authorities have introduced new measures, such as limiting the number of groups that visit the city to attract potential vacationers.

"We think if we … let fewer people come but stay longer, invest more in the local economy and actually get more out of their visit, this is a more sustainable model for the future," said Stephen Bird of the City Council .

The few intrepid tourists spotted on the streets seemed to have calmed down. "You are starting to see hotel disinfection, social detachment, so I feel good overall," said Cieran Fowley, who lives in London.

Bookings are twice as high as last year, according to the Pitchup.com website, which sends 800,000 people to 2,000 UK campsites each year.

Some locations and parks are already taking strong bookings by summer of next year and are throwing a lifeline to the industry.

However, some companies are raising prices for 2021 by up to 50 percent to make up for the money lost during the ban.

The appeal of a UK holiday was reinforced by the government's decision to cut VAT for the hotel industry from 20 to 5 percent.

As a result, Haven, Butlin & # 39; s, and Center Parcs have reduced summer booking prices by more than 10 percent.

The rush has put a heavy strain on holiday companies. There are indications of double bookings that result in trips being canceled at the last minute.

According to Haven, bookings in the 36 parks increased 96 percent year over year. The sister brand Butlin & # 39; s also claims to run a roaring trade.

Hoseasons had to hire additional phone personnel to meet the huge demand.

Pitchup.com made the highest bookings of all time on a single day on Sunday – 6,100, which corresponds to around 18,000 people. It was twice as much as every single day in the past year.

Booking platform founder Dan Yates said there was a clear move to Staycations. He said the new controls for trips to Spain, which include return quarantine, are likely the "last nail in the coffin" for foreign holidays.

He added: "British holidaymakers are unlikely to run the risk of not being able to work when they return, which is likely to have caused UK bookings to increase."

A family room at the three-star Best Western Livermead Cliff hotel in Devon will cost £ 440 for two nights this weekend as demand for hotels and cottages rises in the boom in overnight stays

A family room at the three-star Best Western Livermead Cliff hotel in Devon will cost £ 440 for two nights this weekend as demand for hotels and cottages rises in the boom in overnight stays

It is because the British government has advised against traveling to Spain after the appearance of a second wave of coronavirus in parts of the country.

Staycation Holidays owner Charles Millward told The Times: “People should be concerned about availability next year.

& # 39; A lot of dates have already been taken because they have been moved from this year on. In one of our houses, only three weekends are free from March to September next year.

& # 39; In general, our properties will be 20 percent more expensive next year to offset the costs that the owners lost during the closure.

& # 39; A property that we book for next year has increased by 50 percent. I think that's going to happen more and more as the owners have lost thousands of pounds and need it back. & # 39;

Up to 14 million British are expected to vacation in the UK before the kids go back to school in September, giving the country's economy a boost of £ 3.7 billion.

Havens says bookings in the 36 parks have increased 96 percent year over year, while caravan parking in Devon has increased 140 percent and bookings in Butlins have increased.

British vacation agent Hoseasons said it hired additional telesales personnel to meet the additional demand with bookings for next year, which have increased by a third at normal levels.

Bookings for vacation rentals rose 223 percent last month compared to the same period in 2019, while call volume is more than ten times the normal level.

Warwick-based writer and broadcaster Sally Jones told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "I think it is absolutely crazy to encourage people to go abroad if we don't know which countries will be closed where. Quarantine, for example, comes from Croatia or come back to France.

& # 39; There are wonderful, wonderful places in England. I think most people don't know their own country that well. & # 39;

She added: "Why not explore places like Scotland or the beaches of Northumberland?

"There are these incredible places in England – most of us have never been there."

British campsites also saw a boom in bookings as people quit traveling abroad.

The Pitchup.com website, which sends 800,000 people to 2,000 campsites in the UK each year, said Sunday bookings for a single day were twice as high as last year.

Around 6,100 bookings were required, which corresponds to around 18,000 people, an increase of 20 percent over the previous Sunday. Booking platform founder Dan Yates said there was a clear move to Staycations.

He said: “For many who are just considering booking a trip abroad, this is likely to be the nail in the coffin, as the change in regulations fundamentally affects consumer confidence overseas.

"The tense financial climate means that British holidaymakers are unlikely to take the risk of not being able to work when they return, which is likely to have caused UK bookings to increase this weekend."

The website also offers bookings for campsites across Europe. Mr. Yates said: & # 39; The tourism and hospitality sector has been decimated by Covid and our Spanish website owners are in turmoil.

& # 39; They believe that a more localized approach, focusing on quarantine in the specific regions affected by the Covid Summits, would have been a more appropriate and effective response from the UK government.

"However, this is good news for domestic campsites and caravan parks as thousands will replace a UK holiday abroad."

Mr. Yates said: "The ever-changing guidelines are likely to create mass confusion and concern among the British, and many will likely choose to play it safe and stay closer to their homes this year."

Airbnb said that for weekend bookings from 27/28. June was more than 70 percent stays.

A spokesman said: & # 39; Staycations are great for Brits who want to explore beyond their own four walls again, but also for the hotel and Airbnb hosts who depend on the revenue from the listing on our platform.

"We have seen a significant increase in demand as travel becomes a reality again. Our trend destinations show that people want to explore the many interesting cities and rural areas the country has to offer, and offer a welcome boost to local businesses. "

Guy Anker of MoneySavingExpert told The Times: “People who booked a vacation or took out insurance after mid-March will not be covered by a local ban or a decision to change travel advice.

"My advice would be not to spend any money that you can't afford to lose at the moment, or if flexibility isn't written into your plane ticket or hotel booking."

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has indicated that other European countries could be subject to quarantine restrictions if a "second wave" of coronavirus strikes the continent.

The prime minister is already facing a diplomatic dispute with Spain after warning of all but essential travel to the country – and its holiday islands – and insisting that travelers coming to the UK from there should face a fortnight due to an increase in the number of cases Spend quarantine.

But he defended the move and insisted that the government would not hesitate to act if the Corona virus flared up elsewhere.

"I'm afraid you see signs of a second wave of the pandemic in some places," warned the Prime Minister.

Given the uncertainty among vacationers this summer, Mr. Johnson pointed out that the government could consider further measures.

"It is important that people returning from abroad and returning from a place where I fear another outbreak will have to be quarantined," he said.

"That is why we have taken the measures we have and we will take measures throughout the summer where necessary."

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez described the travel restrictions as "mistakes".

He pointed out that the increase in coronavirus cases is concentrated in two regions, Catalonia and Aragon, adding: "In most parts of Spain, the incidence is far inferior to that registered in the United Kingdom."

Madrid had asked Britain to exclude the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands – which include popular tourist spots in Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca – from quarantine requirements.

Instead, the official travel information has been tightened to bring the islands into line with mainland Spain.

The move dealt another blow to the travel industry, which began to falter after the ban.

Mr. Johnson said it was up to the individual to decide whether to take the risk of traveling under the current circumstances.

"These are decisions for families, for individuals, about where they want to go," he said.

The decision to impose quarantine restrictions was made after British chief physician Chris Whitty reportedly informed ministers that 10 British people who tested positive for coronavirus after July 1 reported visiting Spain in the 14 days before their test had.

Mr. Johnson said, "I fear that if we see signs of a second wave in other countries, it is really our job to act quickly and decisively to prevent … travelers from returning from those places that are." Trigger disease here in the UK. & # 39;

The British make up more than a fifth of foreign visitors to Spain, which is heavily dependent on tourism, and Madrid said the British government had not warned that the quarantine step would come over the weekend.

Tui UK travel agency has canceled all holidays in the Balearic and Canary Islands after the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice has been updated.

Tui's decision runs from Tuesday, July 28 through Friday, July 31.

Holidays on mainland Spain have been canceled from July 26th through August 9th.

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