I am currently trying to book accommodation for a weekend away with hubby to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary.
The kids are being looked after on Saturday night and we want to go to a popular Victorian bayside town, where we have booked into a local attraction.
The problem is trying to find accommodation for one night. It seems the whole town has a two night minimum – even local B&Bs.
I could understand if it was a long weekend or the school holidays – but this is the uneventful month of May.
It got me thinking about how two night minimums imposed by accommodation operators for family weekend holiday packages might be doing them more harm than good.
Although this is not a family weekend away, it is being organised around a family.
And as we all know, it can be hard to organise babysitters for one night, let alone two. And if you are organising a weekend away with the kids, try getting two nights away amongst the various weekend sport and activity commitments!
I can understand accommodation operators wanting to get two nights booked instead of one, but I wonder if more families would book weekends away – and therefore help stimulate the tourism industry – if more flexible options were available for them.
What do you think?
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