VisitEngland’s Easter Trip Tracker survey showed that 6.6 million Brits were planning an overnight holiday trip in the UK over the Easter weekend, bringing 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. Staycations are integral to our thriving tourism industry, providing a significant boost to cities, towns, villages, and communities across the country.”
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.”
This year’s VisitEngland Easter Trip Tracker survey also found that 7.6 million Brits (15%) remained undecided about whether to take an overnight trip during Easter, with a third of those (35%) waiting to see what the weather was like. For some (29%), financial reasons delayed decision; 22% of people were unsure about where they would like to go; 25% were waiting to see if there are any special deals or offers to take advantage of and 20% preferred to book last minute.
Tourism is worth £127 billion to the UK economy.