The UK Travel Sector is growing. It is said that by 2010 every person in the UK will take an average of two foreign holidays a year. The Internet is a primary information source for people seeking opportunities traveling abroad. However when you search for "rent villa" on search engine Google, nearly a million results are returned. The Internet is too broad, and people want directories within the net where they can access quality and comprehensive information about a host of potential travel opportunities quickly and easily, yet at their own convenience.
Although the number of holidays overall has continued to increase year-on-year, there has been a fall in the number of package holidays in the last five years. One of the main reasons for this is that people are more likely to search the internet themselves to book the components of their holiday separately, than they are to go through a travel agent. Budget airlines and internet deals have made cheap, but individual, holidays a reality.
Europe accounts for 80% of visits abroad, with Spain and France taking the top two positions. Foreign holidays are no longer just for those with high incomes, but are now accessible to a much wider range income brackets and people.
The number of Brits buying villas and apartments abroad is expanding fast and a large percentage of these second home owners are looking to rent out their property. Up until recently using an agent, or letting your property simply to friends and family have been the only options. However, these home owners now have the option to advertise their holiday rental property on the internet, via a forum such as One Off Places.
This means that they don't have to pay high agency fees, but can still be sure to receive the business. An added advantage to this is that the home owners don't need to pass on the prices to their clients, thereby reducing the costs for the holiday makers as well. Now that such a large percentage of the UK population have access to the internet, this method of advertising has become a reality.
People are no longer restricted to walking into a high street travel agent and booking a 7 night package in a resort. As international travel becomes more commonplace, people are looking to explore and to stay in interesting places. There are masses of fascinating individual style properties for rent around the world, whether you are seeking a secluded farmhouse in France, a converted watermill in Italy, or even a mountain cabin in Bali!