The UK will see a surge in visitors for the birth of the Royal baby, according to travel booking site lastminute.com.
According to the site, flight sales to London increased by 17 per cent in the last week of June, and hotel bookings increased by 13 per cent. The site predicts that these figures will continue to rise over the month of July, and see hotel prices go up by 30 per cent to capitalise on the demand.
“It isn’t everyday a future King or Queen is born,” explained Mark Maddock, UK and Ireland Managing Director of lastminute.com. “The ripples are already being felt in travel. London is a fantastic city to visit at any time, but the excitement of a Royal baby is providing an extra special reason to stay this July.”
Italians seem most excited by the arrival of the baby third in line for the throne; flights from Italy to London have increased 118 per cent year-on-year. Surprisingly, the French are also interested in being involved in the pomp and glory of the Royal birth, flights from the nation are up by 12 per cent.
“Our booking trends suggest that Royal fever shows no sign of slowing down,” said Maddock.