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Hotels Across the United Kingdom Enjoy Higher Occupancy during the August Bank Weekend

News The August bank holiday weekend is traditionally the time when Brits make short holidays. This year, many travelers decided to stay at home and enjoy shorter overnight stays in the UK. According to the information published by VisitEngland, as many as 7.3 million British travelers decided to stick to domestic trips.

The total effect of a splash of domestic tourism is more significant than one may imagine – the estimated boost exceeds £1.75 billion to the economy of the country. This year’s bookings exceed the results of the previous year. In 2017, hotels across the UK enjoyed higher revenues as 6.9 million Brits made overnight trips during the bank holiday weekend in August. The number of domestic travelers during the 2016 holiday was much lower – 5.1 million.

The minister of tourism has already expressed his delight with such a significant number of domestic travelers during the bank holiday weekend and encouraged more Brits to participate in this national trend. This way domestic travelers not only help the country’s economy and local businesses but are also able to see world-class attractions and stunning scenery that the UK is famous for.

Hotels in the UK’s coastal towns and great countryside locations across the UK report increased bookings. According to VisitEngland, many tourism businesses already say they have a strong summer this year. For British travelers, it is more budget-friendly to stay at home during the bank holiday and explore cool cities and quality attractions of their own country.

The survey conducted by Visit England also identified that further 8.4 million people are still not sure whether they are going to make a domestic overnight travel during the holiday. Weather is the main factor that keeps them from making bookings. 43% of these respondents say they wait for the forecast to make a decision. That said, British travelers have been more active in making domestic holidays in recent years. In 2017, they took 59 million vacations in Great Britain, which is 6% higher than in 2016. The total spending also added 6% to £14.1 billion. Short holidays of one to three nights have also become more popular. Last year, the British took 7% more short-breaks in England than in 2016. The popularity of such short-term vacations is clear – Brits are currently making nearly 6 million more short-breaks than ten years ago.


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