‘Spread betting’ gamble is hurting tourism providers – The Yorkshire Post says
THESE ARE still tough times for the tourism industry; the June heatwave (of sorts) masking countless challenges as the visitor economy looks to bounce back from Covid.
The latest is a surge of last-minute cancellations attributable to the selfishness of the individuals concerned rather than any health reasons which would justify a precautionary approach.
Put simply, families are booking multiple holidays – tourism ‘spread betting’ – and, because most locations have chosen to waive cancellation fees, only deciding their destination at the very last minute once travel rules – and their own circumstances – are clearer.
Yet, while those concerned may think they’re being clever, it is no consolation to those hotels, guest houses and B&Bs suddenly left with empty rooms.
As such, our request is a simple one this weekend – do not hedge your bets and book multiple breaks, only to take one, and, please, only cancel as a very last resort. Livelihoods are at stake.
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