The Australian property market saw a strong start to the year with over 75% of properties in Sydney and Melbourne being successfully sold at auction, reports the Australian Financial Review.
The property auction season in Australia begins each year with the start of the school year. Following on from last year’s rise in activity and prices, this year seems no different with Sydney clearing 76.5% of its properties and Melbourne 78%.
This time of year is particularly popular for buyers in holiday hot spots such as Mornington Peninsula (Victoria) and the Gold Coast. However, the boost in last year’s residential market has yet to be witnessed in the holiday market.
Travellers visiting Turkey on or after 10 April 2014 will need to buy a Turkish visa online before they arrive in the country.
A new e-visa in Turkey costs $20 (US) per person and allows visitors to enter the country as many times as they want over 180 days from the date that it’s issued.
If you have a holiday home in Turkey, it’s important to remind your guests about the new visa so they don’t get caught out when they arrive.
Owners of Spanish holiday accommodation will be pleased to hear that a massive 57.6 million foreign tourists holidayed in Spain between January and November in 2013.
According to the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, these are the highest numbers yet, with the Canary Islands and Catalonia proving particularly popular.
As we reported last year, tourist spending in Spain was already up by 13.7% by March 2013. The Ministry now reports a marked increase in visits from Russian and Nordic tourists, but British, German and French visitors still lead the way when it comes to booking sun-baked holidays in Spain.
Good news for owners whose property is near a theatre: new statistics reveal that experiencing the glitz and glamour of a musical or a play is one of the most popular activities for overseas tourists to the UK.
According to VisitBritain, 24% of overseas holiday visitors who stay in London go to the theatre during their break – meaning that over 2 million international tourists have enjoyed a show in the capital over the last year. Musicals, such as Wicked and The Lion King, are proving particularly popular.
Sainsbury’s Bank has published the following research on what travel trends it expected from British holidaymakers in 2013 and how far their British Pound would stretch.
Interestingly for our sector, it says that just 1 in 5 would plan a DIY trip, which is about the same level reported by Mintel some four or five years ago. Plus the growth in demand for self-catering DIY holidays that Holiday Lettings has experienced in the last year alone puts added doubt on that figure.
Nonetheless, it’s an interesting read and fairly easy on the eye.
This Brits on holiday infographic was courtesy of Sainsbury’s Travel Insurance.
UK tourism figures are on the up, according to the Office for National Statistics. Summer 2013 saw a marked increase in visitors to Great Britain, which is great news for UK holiday home owners.
During the peak summer month of August, the UK saw a 16% overall rise in visitors and an upturn of 14% in North American tourists.
There was also a 28% increase in visitors from outside North America and Europe, with many more travellers from Latin America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East choosing the UK for their leisure breaks.
After a successful trial this year, a Eurostar train service between London, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence could be introduced permanently by 2015. If it goes through, the new service will help attract more guests to your Provençal holiday home.
6hrs to the south of France
Eurostar’s new Route du Soleil service promises speedy train travel from London to the south of France in less than six hours. The route proved popular with tourists this season when it ran at 90% capacity during the spring and summer months.
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Eurostar: plans for a direct train to the south of France
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Planning on buying a property in France? If you can, buy before the end of this year to avoid the stamp duty rise of almost 15%.
This summer the French government announced that on 1 January 2014 the stamp duty rate (droits de mutation) will increase from the current 5.09% to 5.80%. The increase is said to ‘plug a financial hole that is appearing in the accounts of many departmental councils’.
As an example, if you’re buying a €250,000 property in France on or after 1 January, you’ll pay an extra €1,792 in stamp duty (€14,517 rather than €12,752).
We’re over the moon to have been shortlisted in the British Travel Awards 2013 and would love to get your vote!
If you’re based in the UK (you need to provide a UK postcode) you have until Monday 30 September to cast your vote.
We’ve been shortlisted for the following categories:
- Best villa/self catering booking company
- Best UK cottage/self catering booking company
We’re also Travolution finalists
In what seems like award season, we’ve also been shortlisted as finalists in the UK’s Travolution Awards. See the full shortlist to find out which other big travel brands made it into the final.
Considering buying abroad? Need some tips on the best places to buy-to-let? Then get down to A Place in the Sun Live at Birmingham NEC on 27-29 September for insider tips on buying and letting properties overseas.
This is the official exhibition for Channel 4’s hit TV series and more than 150 agents and developers will be attending. It’s a great opportunity to ask burning questions about buying abroad to help your next investment.
The exhibition will include:
- Properties available from just £20,000 to over £1 million, with specialist zones for France, Florida, Italy and Portugal
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A Place in the Sun comes to Birmingham, 27-29 September
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