Edinburgh Fringe is set to return to pre-pandemic levels this summer

Destiny Student Holyrood, Edinburgh
Destiny Student Holyrood, Edinburgh
April 17, 2024 - PRLog -- Every August, thousands of visitors descend on Edinburgh's beautiful, but compact, centre for its International Festival and famous Fringe events.

Following the Fringe's peak in 2019, when there were more than 59,600 performances of 3,841 different shows in 322 venues, the event was decimated by Covid. Just one act performed live in 2020 and only 528 in 2021. But rumours of the Fringe's death proved greatly exaggerated, and a leading tourism expert says Fringe ticket sales soared 11% in 2023 and are likely to return to their pre-pandemic heights this summer.

Lily Smith, a travel expert from the specialist accommodation finder UniversityRooms says: 'Our research shows that 2.5m tickets were sold last year across the festival. Year-on-year, that's an 11% increase over 2022's already resurgent figures, and there are early indications that ticket sales will grow exponentially this year.

Says Lily: 'As visitors from nearly 170 countries descended on the city, many were forced to book over-expensive, overcrowded accommodation last year, with reports of people even staying in farmyards to avoid the crush.

'This year, all the indications are that a record number of people are booking accommodation well in advance, as the event returns to peak attendance. With this in mind, it's small wonder canny visitors to Edinburgh are planning to stay in vacant Edinburgh University rooms this August. That's a clever call, as the rooms are great value, centrally located and it's already possible to book now for August. Best of all, you can stay in them even if you are not a student.

'Using the revolutionary service UniversityRooms, visitors can choose from single, twin or double ensuite rooms, on a bed & breakfast or self-catering basis. What's more, these great value rooms are available not only during the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe, but also at Hogmanay. During all these events, demand for hotel accommodation tends to be high, with prices to match!

'University accommodation is available at a number of conveniently located campuses. Destiny Student Holyrood is located in the centre of Edinburgh's busy cultural quarter, just a few minutes' walk from The Royal Mile. Destiny Student Shrubhill offers purpose-built student accommodation located just a 15-minute walk from Princes Street. Destiny Student Murano is located on a quiet street off Leith Walk, near Waverley Train Station. Last, but by no means least, Edinburgh University's Pollock Halls campus is located at the foot of Holyrood Park.

'It doesn't take an educated guess to realise that university accommodation is likely to get fully booked as we approach the summer and awareness of this inexpensive alternative grows. For more information, and to book your stay now, see https://www.universityrooms.com/en-GB/city/edinburgh/home/

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