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    low/busy season

    A Taiwanese teacher of English says that the opposiote of a busy season is a low season. Is she right?

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    Re: low/busy season

    Not really, no. The opposite of "low season" is "high season". It is normally busier in high season than in low season but that doesn't mean you can substitute the word. If I wanted to give an opposite to "busy season", I would say "quiet season", but they're not frequently-used phrases.
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    Re: low/busy season

    peak season

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    Time of the year during which demand is highest. Opposite of off season.

    Also, it is worth mentioning that in this quote we have off season. Question: Does off season have the same meaning with low season, please?

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    Last edited by Odessa Dawn; 27-May-2013 at 12:30. Reason: Misspelling.

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    Re: low/busy season

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Also, it is worth mentioning that in this quote we have off season. Question: Does off season have the same meaning with low season, plaese?

    Thank you.


    No. For me, the "off season" is when nothing happens. In "low season" it's quieter and in "high season" it's at its busiest.

    I used to go on holiday to mainland Greece every year. Low season was the beginning of April to the end of May, and the beginning of September to the end of October. High season was the whole of June, July and August. Off season was the beginning of November to the end of March.

    Holidays in high season were more expensive and it was much busier, because the weather was better and it incorporated the British school holiday period so there were a lot of families there. Holidays in low season were cheaper but the weather was much cooler, fewer restaurants etc were open and there were fewer families with children. In off-season, you couldn't book a package holiday to the resort. The hotels and restaurants were shut and you couldn't even book a flight to some places.

    This was in the mid- to late-1980s and things have changed but there are still places that have an off season.
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    Re: low/busy season

    To me, "low season" is unnatural. You have the busy season and then you have off season. If you book a beach hotel during the summer months it is a lot more expensive than in the off season.

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    Re: low/busy season

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    To me, "low season" is unnatural. You have the busy season and then you have off season. If you book a beach hotel during the summer months it is a lot more expensive than in the off season.
    If you pick up a package holiday brochure in the UK (I'm always staggered that people still book package holidays, but there you go), there are two lists of prices - Low Season and High Season. The dates are roughly equivalent to those I gave in post #4. Of course, some holiday resorts are year-round, but they still have low and high seasons. Resorts which aren't year-round effectively have an off season, a low season and a high season.
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    Re: low/busy season

    Must be a BrE/AmE difference.

    See one example:

    Off season rates - Ocean City Forum - TripAdvisor

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