The fed up people in Scotland have asked for an "overcharge" for RVs as beauty spots across the UK are experiencing a camping boom amid increasing bookings as British tourists avoid foreign holidays due to quarantine fears.
The Pitchup.com website, which sends 800,000 people annually to 2,000 campsites across the UK, said reservations were already double the previous year's level. Caravan club bookings for campsites and RVs have risen 10 percent next month, although seats are usually pretty full in normal summer.
However, the increase has led to fears that country roads will be overwhelmed by traffic as vacationers travel to quieter areas with caravans and mobile homes. Campsite bosses who were allowed to reopen in England on July 4th after the Corona virus was closed now believe that the high season could continue into September.
But many tourists are now going to fly camping if they cannot secure a hard-to-find place on a campsite. The National Trust reports a sharp increase in practice. A shortage of RVs has also been reported, with six of the UK's leading rental companies so booked that they are unavailable for the next three weeks.
In the meantime, mountain rescue teams in the Lake District have experienced a "tidal wave of preventable rescue operations" that are stressing their volunteers fearing that a further influx of visitors will only "make things worse".
Tourists yesterday imagined camping at the picturesque Calda House near Inchnadamph in the highlands, a planned ancient monument built in 1660 by the 3rd Earl of Seaforth
The Ramslade Caravan and Motorhome Club near Paignton in Devon is pictured today. Caravan club bookings for campsites and RVs increased 10 percent next month
The Ramslade Caravan and Motorhome Club near Paignton today. A shortage of RVs has been reported, with six of the UK's leading rental companies so booked that they will not be available for the next three weeks
The Waterside Holiday Park in Paignton is pictured today. Campsite bosses who were allowed to reopen in England on July 4th after the Corona virus was closed now believe that the high season could continue into September
In Scotland, disgruntled locals on the North Coast 500 (NC500) have cataloged the waste from their villages and beauty spots with abandoned tents, human excrement and even a dumped caravan.
Liberal Democrat Jamie Stone for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross wants an overload fee for RVs, with the money reinvested in improving local roads.
The "second wave" of the European corona virus could mean further quarantine restrictions along the way
Boris Johnson suggested that quarantine restrictions could be imposed on other European countries if a "second wave" of coronaviruses hit 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.
He insisted that the government would not hesitate to act if coronavirus outbreaks occurred elsewhere, as ministers were also found to be considering ways to make regions of other nations travel safe.
"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.
He said: “The Scottish government needs to know the full force of our concern about the NC500 roads and the impact irresponsible tourists have on all of us.
"I've always supported our local tourism and hospitality industry, but we need fairness."
Highland Councilor Hugh Morrison said one evening last week that there were 48 vehicles and 28 tents on a beach in Durness, adding, "It just got out of hand."
And in the Lake District, the region's mountain rescue teams have had 19 missions since last Friday night – 11 of which are considered "really avoidable with inexperienced and poorly prepared hikers" in serious trouble.
A rescue on Scafell Pike late Saturday evening under predicted "cruel" conditions for a family of three took 12 hours and included five rescue teams.
Richard Warren, chairman of the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association, said: “Vacation vacations are introducing a new type of visitor to the national parks, and current quarantine rules may make matters worse.
"North Wales has a similar problem and we are sure it will be the same in many UK outdoor holiday destinations. This is good for the economy but a real problem for the volunteer rescue teams."
Nick Lomas, managing director of the Caravan Club, told the Daily Telegaph: “We had a very slow phase at the beginning of the year, which was open for a week from March to July.
& # 39; So the first half of the UK for campground and caravan park operators was a very meager time. But since the July 4th announcement in England, the phones have been shining and the website has been very, very busy.
"It's a natural feeling that (a motorhome) is a self-contained space. You have that element of control, you can travel from place to place and explore the UK's coastlines and landscapes at your leisure."
Pitchup.com said it made around 6,100 bookings on Sunday, which equates 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.
One of the pictures of cars parked in the Scottish highlands was posted on the NC500 Facebook group The Land Weeps
Another picture of the large number of visitors to the Scottish highlands in the past few days
In Scotland, disgruntled locals on the North Coast 500 route have cataloged the large number of visitors to the region
& # 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.
Heathrow calls for an end to the "quarantine roulette" after a loss of £ 1.1 billion
Heathrow has asked the government to stop quarantine roulette for travelers, as a £ 1.1 billion pre-tax loss was announced in the first six months of the year.
CEO John Holland-Kaye said the financial results should serve as a clarification request for ministers to introduce a corona virus testing system for incoming passengers.
He wants the 14-day self-isolation requirement for people from countries that are not on the government's exceptions list to be relaxed if they test negative for the virus.
Between April and June, passenger numbers at Heathrow declined by 96 percent compared to the previous year.
A pre-tax loss of £ 1.1 billion was recorded in the first six months of 2020, after a gain of £ 7 million in the same period last year. This resulted in sales of £ 712m, which is about half of the 2019 level.
"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."
Haven, Butlin & # 39; s, Center Parcs and Hoseasons are also flooded as vacation rentals are cleaned up.
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 UK tourism industry is expected to benefit from the fact that a shocking change in government travel and quarantine rules has effectively canceled hundreds of thousands of trips to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands.
At the same time, many Britons have given up on holidays abroad this summer, fearing that sudden coronavirus checks may be necessary to travel to other European hotspots.
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.
Mountain rescue teams in the Lake District, including the one in Keswick (top), say they have seen a "tidal wave of avoidable bailouts" that is weighing on their volunteers
Volunteers from Keswick Mountain Rescue are pictured. Since last Friday, the teams in the region have had 19 missions – 11 should be "really avoidable with inexperienced and poorly prepared hikers".
Hoseasons had to hire additional phone personnel to meet the huge demand.
Earlier this week, traffic to a countryside park in Bury, Greater Manchester was stopped after RV users parked and double-parked on an access road.
And last week, the National Trust warned of the ugly trend that campers dump tents and equipment instead of bringing them home, which spoils the landscape.
"Fly-Camping", a camping expedition that leads to the tipping of flies and is often seen at music festivals such as Glastonbury, has given employees a headache, the organization says.
RV and RV owners parked on the North Berwick coast in Scotland on July 19th
RV and RV owners parked in North Berwick earlier this month on July 19
Workers came across tents, air mattresses and chairs when clearing the site. This includes a grubby pile of beer and cans, disposable grills and excrement.
In Dovedale in the Peak District, 170 large garbage bags were collected over a little over three days last month. In the past few weeks alone, 25 tents and 20 camping chairs, six air mattresses and several grills have been picked up.
Instead of caring for wildlife or farming hay meadows, the National Trust rangers now have to spend their time clearing up the mess left behind.
Due to a "throwaway festival mentality", the dumps can pose a danger to sheep and other animals.
The trend was not supported by reduced capacity on many organized campsites due to the corona virus.
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