England reports record-breaking Q1 for domestic tourism

New data from VisitEngland show a record-breaking first quarter for the amount spent on overnight domestic holiday trips in England.

Visitors spent £1.8 billion from January to March, up 23% on the same period last year.

The number of domestic overnight holiday trips also set a new record for a first quarter with 7.3 milllion visits, up 10% compared to the same period in 2015.

VisitBritain/VisitEngland director Patricia Yates said: “This is an incredibly positive start to the year as we continue our #OMGB ‘Home of Amazing Moments’ campaign in the build-up to summer, encouraging people to explore more of our regions and driving tourism, and its economic benefits, across the whole of England.”

The best-ever first quarter figures come on the back of a strong 2015 for domestic holidays in England with trip volumes and spending both up by 7%.

Overall, last year domestic overnight tourism in England across all trip-purposes saw a record-breaking £19.6 billion spent and the highest number of trips since 2012.

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