Double bank holiday: boom for the tourism sector

A whopping 10.3 million Brits (21 per cent of the population) plan to make the most of the double bank holiday this year by taking at least one overnight stay in the UK, with 8.6 million people (17 per cent) planning to take that trip in England, according to VisitEngland’s Easter Holiday Trip Tracker. 

The annual survey shows that over the coming fortnight, which includes the Easter period, the Royal wedding and the May bank holiday, over a quarter of British adults (26 per cent) say they are planning at least one overnight trip away from home, broadly in line with last year’s figures and four percentage points up compared to the same time in 2009. 

Seven per cent are planning to travel overseas. 

“These figures indicate a boost for tourism at the start of what promises to be an exciting 18 months ahead. It’s certainly a time of celebration with the Royal Wedding next week, followed by next year’s momentous events like the Diamond Jubilee, London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, the Cultural Olympiad and Torch Relay to name a few,” comments Lady Cobham, chairman of VisitEngland. “This Easter marks the start of a very exciting time for the tourism sector.” 

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