Music Festival Fans Opt For Hotels Rather Than Canvas

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

The music festival season in the UK normally means media coverage centred around muddy camping sites and rain soaked music fans, but a change looks like it is underway.

holiday travelThere are a range of festivals across Europe that now tempt British music fans with both their line-ups and the promise of good weather, but surprisingly it is these events that are also showing a move away from festival camping.

Swapping tents for hotels isn’t a new idea, with some of the more savvy festival goers snapping up accommodations near such UK events months in advance, but now a similar thing is happening all over the continent.

According to LateRooms.com hotels local to major music events across Europe are seeing massive spikes in bookings around the festivals.

The biggest of these is in Croatia, where the INMusic Festival is one of the most popular in the region. This year hotels in Zagreb have reported a 1500% increase in bookings compared with figures from last year around the dates of the 2013 festival.

Offline Marketing Manager at LateRooms.com Lynda Matthews commented: “2013 is going to be extremely profitable for hotels near European festival sites, and we have already seen bookings growing at faster rates year on year as the popularity of these festivals increase.”

Both Lisbon and Porto in Portugal are also cashing in on this trend, with rises in bookings of 325% and 116% respectively for figures for 2012.

Ms Matthews added: “More and more of our British customers want to combine the music event with a short break to Europe and we are pleased that our vast array of European hotels can provide a room for their every need, be it to get clean, treat themselves to a gourmet meal, or just rest their head on the pillow after a day of taking in the music!”

Camping overseas is a great way to save money on accommodation, but it’s not for everyone. Another good way to keep spending under control while abroad is to make use of a prepaid card, which helps you stay on budget wherever in the world you might be.

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