Center Parcs accused of inflating prices to be ‘pricier than Caribbean’

Fuming Brits have accused one of the UK’s biggest staycation operators of inflating stay prices for families during coronavirus travel restrictions.

Center Parcs, which has sites around Britain, will reopen on April 12 as lockdown measures are eased – but they’ve been accused of taking advantage of the borders being closed.

The Government’s roadmap out of the current lockdown means that you can rent the lodges and chalets so long as only one household stays in each.

However, holidaymakers have hit out at the company’s prices after a debate was sparked on Twitter.

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The first tweet said: "Brits upset they might not get a holiday abroad this summer.

“As a kid we never went on a plane.

“Center Parcs, Butlins and the caravan in Yarmouth & Meopham.

“If you left the UK your folks were either rich, on the game, owned a house or had relatives in that country. Get a grip."

To which someone replied: "We drove two days to the south of France and it was cheaper than Center Parcs!”

One person claimed that anyone who went to Center Parcs as a kid was “rich” and “privileged”.

Another accused the European firm of only inflating prices in the UK: "To be fair we love going to Center Parcs, but never in the UK.

“Spent two weeks in the Netherlands, France and Belgium and saved a fortune compared to the UK.

“Would love to go back to The Netherlands Center Parcs this year if restrictions are lifted. Can't afford the UK rip-off.”

"Can have a week in Spain all inclusive for less than five nights in Center Parcs,” added another.

While a traveller said: “Very much respect your tone – but Times have changed – Center Parcs is now similar in price to a couple of weeks at a four-star hotel in the Caribbean.”

Another said: “Center Parcs is obscenely, riotously expensive. Sure you can try fencing, but it’ll cost you the thick end of three grand for a week in a chalet.”

While a holidaymaker noted: “Center Parcs is ridiculously expensive but if people are willing to pay their over inflated prices then they'll charge what they want.

“Last August we had 10 nights in Turkey and it was £100's less than a 4 night midweek break at Whinfell Forest.”

Travelling abroad for a holiday is currently banned and can land you a £5,000 fine.

But, under the roadmap this may change on May 17 – though the Prime Minister has warned it is too early to say whether holidays could resume this summer.

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A Center Parcs spokesperson said its prices vary to reflect demand.

They commented: "Like many other companies in the travel sector, our prices are set according to demand.

"We have seen a significant increase in bookings and interest in Center Parcs breaks recently.

"Our bookings for 2021, in particular from May onwards, are very strong. It is also worth noting that we are still anticipating operating at reduced capacity during this year to enable us to allow for social distancing on our villages, so there will be less availability across our villages as a result."

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