30th July 2009

Holidays at home on the increase

Holidays at home on the increase

Figures released from the United Kingdom Tourism Survey show that holiday trips taken by UK residents in England for the first 4 months of 2009 are 13% higher than in the same period last year.

If you read The Independent you may also have seen "Staycation UK: Wish you were here - Oh! You are!" an article on July 26th which reported that more Britons are likely to holiday at home this year than to go abroad - for the first time in a generation. The Telegraph also reported that "This is the summer of holidays at home" (25th July 2009) and even Shropshire got a mention.

James Berresford, VisitEngland Chief Executive commented "Time will tell if the trend for holidaying at home continues throughout the summer, but this early indication that people are rediscovering holidays in England is welcome news to the leisure tourism sector."

In Shropshire, feedback from most of our members is positive. It would appear that many hotels and guest accommodation are maintaining good occupancy levels and so are self catering with camping and caravan parks in particular experiencing an upsurge in trade which reflects the national trend.

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