13 million Brits preparing for Christmas getaway – VisitEngland

 Saturday, December 22, 2018 


More than 13 million Brits are planning an overnight trip in the UK during the Christmas and New Year period as per VisitEngland’s Christmas Trip Tracker Survey. They will add 2.6 billion pounds to the economy.




13 million Brits which amounts to 26 per cent is a rise over 10.3 million Brits (20 per cent) who took overnight trip in the U.K. in 2017.




Tourism minister, Michael Ellis, said that the communities and businesses across the UK will see a festive tourism boost this Christmas.




Tourism contributes 127 billion pounds annually to the UK economy. It is responsible for creating jobs and boosting economic growth across its nations and region.




Popular seasonal activities Brits plan to do include going out for a meal (43 per cent) shopping at post-Christmas sales (37 per cent) and visiting a Christmas market (31 per cent).




More than one-in-five (23 per cent) will participate in outdoor activities such as walking or cycling.




40 per cent of those planning an overnight trip in England will take two or more trips during the festive period.




VisitEngland director, Patricia Yates said that domestic trip during the festive period, boosts the UK economy through tourism.




Visiting Christmas markets, dining out in restaurants, exploring destinations across the country and enjoying year-round attractions such as walks in the countryside are alluring Brits to plan for overnight trips.




The survey shows that the younger people are more likely to spend money at seasonal shopping events. About 45 per cent of 16-to-24-year olds plan to shop at post-Christmas sales and 49 per cent plan to visit a Christmas market.




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