It is being billed as an event expected to bring a huge influx of tourists to the UK, but the Royal Wedding in April is also leading to thousands of Britons taking advantage of the extra bank holiday by taking trips abroad.
Travel agents across the UK are reporting a “massive” surge in bookings around April 29 when Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry at Westminster Abbey.
A TripAdvisor survey found that almost a third of Britons are planning a trip away during the Royal Wedding.
The special bank holiday on the day of the wedding follows the week after Easter and the week before the May bank holiday. Travel agents say this has created an opportunity for families to take overseas holidays while using up only minimal annual leave.
Good Friday falls on 22 April and is followed by Easter Monday on 25 April, the wedding that Friday and then May Day on the following Monday. This means many people will be able to take 11 days off while only using three days of their holiday allowance.
Others would take extend Easter breaks while potentially millions of others will seize the opportunity to holiday in the UK.
Meanwhile many communities across the UK are ditched plans to hold street parties to celebrate the Royal Wedding this spring
Streets Alive, a charity which encourages communities to build relationships between neighbours, has now issued advice to community groups, urging them to consider postponing the street parties until the summer – when it will also be warmer.
Chris Gettings, director, told The Telegraph: “A lot of people are going to be away so we are encouraging people to have them later in the year when the weather will also be better.”
Prince William and Kate Middleton saw in the New Year together after spending Christmas apart while the Prince was on duty as RAF rescue pilot. The couple are believed to have celebrated the New Year privately in Anglesey.
In the build up to the Royal Wedding in London, World Mobi has launched its new guide to the capital.
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