DIY Holidaymakers Look for the ‘X’ Factor

April 19, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
17 April 2007 – The continued growth of online travel booking is resulting in growing demand for more unusual holiday accommodation, according to, the UK’s leading directory for holiday accommodation.

Figures from the site show that demand for accommodation such as canal boats, castles, and oasthouses has increased by over 50% over the last year, while demand for apartments and villas grew by 12%.

The growing demand for different styles of accommodation is being attributed to the continued increase in DIY travel bookings over the Internet, with customers now able to research and book a wider choice of holiday options. Reduced leisure time is also recognised as a factor, encouraging people to make more of their holiday experience, through more adventurous holiday ideas.

Gareth Robinson, director of, commented: “While villas and apartments have a much larger share of the market we are seeing a definite trend towards holiday accommodation with something different or special about it. Many of our users have stayed in different villas and hotels all offering similar facilities and style, but now they want something with the ‘X’ factor.

“Owners of castles, house boats, and even log cabins are seeing growing interest in their accommodation. With leisure time getting scarcer, travellers want their holiday experience to be extra special and the accommodation can help achieve that.”

The Self-Catering-Breaks website offers over 36,000 properties around the World, with free listing for property owners to feature their accommodation on the site.

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About is one of the leading free listings websites for property owners, featuring over 36,000 properties around the World. Owners can choose to add as many properties as they want, with full information and unlimited photographs of the property and all details easy to update through the owners online management system.
Properties listed range from five-star hotels to guesthouses, canal boats, castles, caravans, cottages, villas and apartments. The site features a number of options to help customers find the most appropriate property, including properties with a private swimming pool or close to a golf course. There are also options to browse by Accommodation or by Type of Holiday, such as Ski, near a beach or with pets allowed.
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