0800 612 9890

Tourism Interest Good News For City Landlords

Thursday, 20 January 2011


A UK tourism expert is advising local landlords who are struggling to rent out their property on a monthly basis to consider advertising apartments as holiday homes instead.


Marcus Simmons, managing director of iknow-uk, the UK's leading independent tourism and accommodation directory, says that visitors to its 18 regional websites are increasingly searching for apartment breaks in the area - and that it is a perfect business opportunity for local landlords.


He explained:  "We're finding that holidaymakers and business travellers alike are increasingly looking to rent apartment spaces rather than stay in traditional hotels.


"Demand is certainly outstripping supply in terms of accommodation availability, and city centre apartments are the most sought after by trendy travellers looking for a base for their next city break.


"Renting your apartment out for a weekend or week long break can actually prove to be much more lucrative in the long term than a monthly rental fee.  Modern apartments are a real alternative to hotels and our visitors seem to appreciate the flexibility that they give them when it comes to planning their holiday.


"More people than ever are coming to us to look for a holiday in the UK, and with flights being grounded through strikes, bad weather and volcanoes who can blame them! 


"It's a real opportunity for cash-strapped landlords to make their property work harder.  And in these difficult economic times, it can't be a bad thing to look at other options available to you."


iknow-uk's websites cover Britain's most popular tourist regions and are visited by more than a million users each month.


Accommodation or hospitality providers looking to list their business on one of iknow's websites should visit http://www.iknow-uk.com or call 0800 064 3333.





Notes to Editors


About iknow-uk:

  • iknow-uk specialises in helping people plan and book the perfect UK holiday, by researching and offering the best local information to inspire the thousands of.people that visit the sites each month


  • Iknow-uk gives visitors a wide choice of ways to research and contact accommodation providers. They can book online or have the option to contact properties by phone, email or through their websites


  • iknow-uk ltd launched iknow-yorkshire in September 2003. It has since launched an additional 17 sites, including iknow-scotland, iknow-lakedistrict, iknow-northwest, iknow-cornwall, iknow-devon, iknow-wales, iknow-dorset, iknow-kent, iknow-somerset, iknow-sussex, iknow-hampshire, iknow-northeast, iknow-peakdistrict, iknow-london, iknow-homecounties and iknow-cotswolds. iknow-westmidlands, iknow-eastmidlands and iknow-northernireland are soon to follow


  • April 2009 saw the launch of a comprehensive hospitality section to iknow-yorkshire. Hospitality is now also available on all the iknow-uk regional sites


  • Since its launch, iknow-uk has over 6,000 customers, including accommodation and hospitality providers, listing on its regional websites. The sites have received over 25 million visitors and created two million booking enquiries for customers listing on the regional sites, which equates to £290 million worth of bookings - making iknow a leading authority on online bookings across the UK


  • For further enquiries on listing on iknow-uk's websites, please contact Eve or Rachael at iknow-uk on 01772 521166