Bank holiday saw £1.7bn tourism boost

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Statistics released by VisitEngland have indicated that close to 7m Britons embarked on a domestic overnight trip this August bank holiday.


It is expected that this footfall boost brought close to £1.7bn extra to the UK economy over the long weekend, and represents a significant increase on last year’s figure of just over 5m long weekenders.

“Tourism is a key economic driver and job creator and we want every part of the UK to benefit. It is fantastic that so many people are planning a holiday at home this weekend, generating a £1.7bn boost to the economy,” commented tourism minister John Glen.

“We will continue to work closely with the industry to build on this success, and encourage even more people to visit and enjoy the world-class attractions Britain has to offer.”

Official statistics have already shown a record-breaking first four months of the year for domestic tourism, with 4.4 million Brits “staycationing” and the latest reports further indicate that this progress appears to be keeping positive pace throughout summer.

VisitEngland director Patricia Yates said: “The certainty of budgeting for a holiday at home, the ease and convenience, are all contributing to people choosing to take more domestic trips, boosting economic growth and spreading the benefits of tourism across Britain.”

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