Brexit boom?

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THE FIRST WEEK of Au­gust was one of the busiest in the his­tory of UK and Euro­pean book­ing agency Wa­ter­ways Hol­i­days, with the Hamp­shire-based team deal­ing with more than 1,000 tele­phone and on­line reser­va­tion re­quests for hol­i­days on the in­land wa­ter­ways – lead­ing to spec­u­la­tion that the EU ref­er­en­dum and fall­ing pound might be a fac­tor.

“We al­ready knew that 2016 was go­ing to be a good year for boating hol­i­days – we were 22 per­cent up by May – but this late surge clearly has a lot to do with cus­tomer con­cerns about over­seas travel dis­rup­tion, fan­tas­tic Au­gust weather at home, and the fall­ing value of the pound since the Brexit ref­er­en­dum,” said Manag­ing Direc­tor Nigel Richards.

He be­lieves that the boom in hol­i­days afloat is not just a ‘last-minute’ im­pulse. “We’re pleased to say that ad­vance book­ings for 2017 are al­ready 51 per­cent up.

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