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How to fill those last-minute gaps in your calendar

bigstockphoto__Chairs_493215Got a few weeks left to fill this summer? It’s not too late to pack out your holiday home with guests. Here are a few ideas to boost those summer bookings.

  • Update your home description and summary for search results to say you’ve got some late availability. Add an incentive or two (see below) to grab the reader’s attention and don’t forget to mention any upcoming events in your area.
  • Offer an incentive, such as organising car hire, free tickets to a local attraction or even a jam-packed welcome hamper on arrival in the weeks you’d like to fill.
  • Attract the bargain hunters by adding a late deal to your advert in Account > Add deals and spotlights. This way, your home will appear on our late deals page.
  • Contact previous guests with a special offer to tempt them back.
  • Whatever you decide to do, talk about it! Get on those social media channels, put a note on the intranet at work for colleagues to see and don’t forget the old-fashioned method: talk to people. Word of mouth really works.

UK school holidays – dates for 2013 & 2014

school_holidays2010Help holidaymakers plan their family break for the school holidays by using our handy table of UK school holidays for 2013 & 2014. Use these school holiday dates as a guide when setting your prices for half-term, summer, Easter and the Christmas holidays.

UK school holidays 2013

February half term Sat 9 February 2013 – Sun 17 February 2013
Easter holidays Sat 30 March 2013 – Sun 14 April 2013
Summer half term Sat 25 May 2013 – Sun 2 June 2013
Summer holidays Wed 24 July 2013 – Sun 1 September 2013
October half term Sat 26 October 2013 – Sun 3 November 2013
Christmas and New Year holidays Sat 21 December 2013 – Sun 5 January 2014

 UK school holidays 2014

February half term Sat 15 February 2014 – Sun 23 February 2014
Easter holidays Sat 5 April 2014 – Mon 21 April 2014
Summer half term Sat 24 May 2014 – Sun 1 June 2014
Summer holidays Wed 23 July 2014 – Sun 31 August 2014

The above dates are based on information provided by Oxfordshire County Council. See our other school holiday dates for ScotlandWales and France.