England’s tourist bureau says more Britons are taking mini vacations over the Christmas than ever before. VisitEngland commissioned a study which revealed a six per cent increase in the number of adults who had scheduled holidays of one night or more for the forthcoming Christmas and New Year holidays.
Researchers quizzed 1,219 Britons on their plans for the holidays. The number of people who were planning an overnight stay rose from 21 per cent last year to 27 per cent this year. Around one quarter said they had planned what the board coins a staycation at a UK hotel or other accommodation venue.
The percentage of people planning visits to the households of other family members rose by five per cent to 69 per cent. VisitEngland says Britons on the move over the holidays could give the UK’s economy a shot in the arm to the tune of up to £2.5 billion.
Commenting on the plans of holidaymakers, VisitEngland CEO James Berresford stated that it was pleasing to see that Britons were visiting other UK locations over the holiday period. He carried on by saying that each English location was unique and had its own portfolio of attractions which offered something for all tastes.
He added that this was especially true at Christmas and the New Year when extra events and celebrations were laid on. He cited ice-skating on the Royal Pavilion’s rink in Brighton and a visit to an English Christmas market as highlights. Birmingham, London and Manchester all stage Christmas markets.