Despite urge to travel: The Danes want a holiday home during the autumn holidays
Despite border openings and longing to leave, Danes want to spend autumn holidays at home – and preferably in a holiday home. One of the country’s leading holiday home landlords DanCenter is currently experiencing great interest from Danes during the schools’ autumn holidays, where bookings have increased by up to 29 percent in the last two years.
After a long period of closed borders and strict corona restrictions, it is again possible to travel abroad and enjoy warmer skies. But even though the urge to travel is gradually starting to show in most people, many Danes still choose to spend their holidays at home, where the country’s holiday homes in particular are in high demand. This can be felt, for example, in one of the country’s leading holiday home landlords, who is already predicting full houses during the schools’ autumn holidays.
– It is historically the Germans who account for a large part of the overnight stays in the autumn due to the federal states’ postponed autumn holidays, and this year is no exception. But now we also experience that unusually many Danes prioritize an autumn holiday in the country’s holiday homes rather than heading south, says Kim Holmsted, CEO of DanCenter, and continues:
– At the moment the bookings done by Danes for week 42 are at the same level as last year, when we ended up with more Danish bookings than ever. This suggests that we can expect a similar trend this year with full houses across the country.
The Danish bookings in week 42 at DanCenter have increased by 29 percent in the last two years.
Aftermath from the summer season
The holiday home landlord, who is among the country’s leaders, sees the great demand during the autumn holidays as a happy continuation of the just concluded summer season, where all the houses have been rented out.
– This year’s high season has been absolutely terrific. The houses were being ripped away, and we have, among other things, been able to report sold out in week 28-30. This is mainly due to the fact that we have managed to keep up with the Danes who have really opened their eyes to a holiday home during the corona. We have concretely experienced that our bookings in June and July are on a par with the record year in 2020, and we are thus happy to feel the after-effects of this in the autumn, Kim Holmsted concludes.
According to figures from Statistics Denmark, there were 3 million Danish overnight stays in the country’s holiday homes in July, which is an increase of 3 percent compared to the record year 2020 and thus the highest number of Danish overnight stays in the summer holiday month ever.