Thursday, 26 July 2012 15:43
10.3 million Brits (21% of the adult population) plan to make the most of the summer (until the end of August) by taking at least one holiday or short break in the UK, with 8.9 million people (18%) planning to take that trip in England, according to VisitEngland’s Summer Trip Tracker. This is likely to generate some £2.3billion in tourism spend for the UK economy, around £1.9bn of which will be spent in England. These figures compare with 12% (5.9million) of Brits who plan to take abroad over the same period.
Around 10.8 million Brits (22%) are currently undecided about taking a trip away during the summer, with concerns around their financial situation (39% of this group) and the weather (28%) being the main drivers of doubt. 22% are waiting to see if there are special offers or deals available over the summer period.
James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive, commented:
“I’m delighted to see that over 10 million people are planning to holiday at home this summer. The industry has a vast opportunity to inspire those still undecided and convince them that England is the place to be this summer. If we convert even half of those who are undecided about taking a summer break in England, we could potentially contribute an additional £600m to the UK economy. The trend for last minute bookings is strong, this coupled with the recent return of sunshine to our shores could provide the industry with a welcome boost”
The national tourist board also revealed that Brits are getting into the Olympic spirit with 10.8 million Brits , (22% of the adult population) having attended the Torch Relay or torch relay event and another 9 per cent planning to when the Torch visits their area. 6% say they have tickets to the Olympics and another 4% are still hopeful that they might get tickets, while 6% are hoping to go to free events in the area to soak up the atmosphere during Games Time.
Courtesy of Travel News.com