VisitEngland predicts £1.7bn Easter tourism boost for UK economy

VisitEngland predicts £1.7bn Easter tourism boost for UK economy

VisitEngland’s Easter Trip Tracker survey shows 6.6 million Brits are planning an overnight holiday trip in the UK this Easter weekend.

The tourism body finds this will bring an estimated £1.7 billion boost to the British economy.

The figures show an increase on last year’s survey results when six million adults in Britain planned to take an overnight holiday trip in the UK during the Easter weekend, while in 2015 the figure was five million.

Tourism minister Tracey Crouch said: “The UK is a world-class tourism destination with countless things to see and do, so it is no surprise that so many of us are planning to holiday at home this Easter.

“Staycations are integral to our thriving tourism industry, providing a significant boost to cities, towns, villages, and communities across the country.”

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This year’s VisitEngland Easter Trip Tracker survey also found that 7.6 million Brits (15 per cent) are undecided about whether to take an overnight trip during Easter, with a third of those (35 per cent) waiting to see what the weather is like.

VisitEngland director Patricia Yates said: “It is great to see so many Brits are planning holidays at home this Easter.

“The Easter break is a fantastic opportunity to get out and explore the outstanding accommodation, events and attractions right here on our doorstep whether enjoying a holiday at the seaside, countryside or on a city break.”

Tourism is worth £127 billion to the UK economy.