23 December 2015
Millions of Brits planning UK Christmas trips
VisitEngland’s Christmas Trip Tracker Survey has revealed that 13.5 million Brits, which equates to 27% of the adult population, are planning an overnight holiday trip in the UK this Christmas and New Year. 12 million of those people are planning on taking an overnight trip in England. This is likely to generate some £2.5bn in tourism spend for the UK economy, £2.3 billion of which will be spent in England.
The Trip Tracker survey carried out on behalf of VisitEngland, the national tourist board by research agency TNS, interviewed 1,219 adults across the country. The results found that 27% of British adults ‘definitely’ plan to take an overnight trip over Christmas and the New Year break. Out of the respondents, 69% plan to visit friends and relatives during this period and 28% ‘definitely’ plan to have friends or relatives over to stay.
VisitEngland Chief Executive, James Berresford said “It is great to see that so many people are planning an overnight trip to another part of the country over the festive period. Wherever you stay in England there is always something exciting to see or do right on the doorstep, and this is never truer than at Christmas!”
Mr Berresford continued “Whether planning a visit to Manchester’s award-winning Christmas market, ice skating at the iconic setting of Brighton’s Royal Pavilion or a trip to see the Nutcracker Trail in Plymouth, there is plenty to see and do this season.”