7 September 2016
Record number of families enjoyed staycations this year
This summer the UK benefitted from hundreds of thousands of people making the decision to holiday at home rather than holiday abroad. VisitEngland revealed that 5.1 million Britons holidayed at home over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, up from 4.7 million last year.
A record number of bookings were received by UK accommodation providers following the decrease in the pound following the EU Referendum in June. After the vote, the pound fell from 1.31 Euros to a record breaking low of 1.15 Euros meaning that it would cost a family much more to holiday abroad.
Therefore many people made the decision to visit much-loved UK destinations including Cornwall. The coastal holiday destination welcomed 3.7 million people during July and August with 1.2 million staying longer than one day.
Tourism chiefs for areas including East Anglia, the Cotswolds and the Lake District also reported a surge in visitor numbers this summer.
VisitEngland director, Patricia Yates said “It’s great to see a record number of Brits holidaying at home this year.”
English Heritage also believes that it is on course for a record breaking 1.9 million visitors in July and August.