Accommodation providers across England anticipate boost in tourism
Accommodation providers across England are expecting to see a boost in tourism, according to a new survey from VisitEngland.
The survey also revealed that over half of the 500 accommodation providers polled expect to see an increase in the amount of visitors following the Brexit vote, with the amount of domestic travellers expected to rise significantly.
English companies anticipate that they will have a strong summer, with 65% saying that they are feeling ‘very confident’ about how they will fare throughout the peak holiday period.
Just under half (47%) also claimed that their forward bookings were ‘very good’, meaning both figures reached a record high for the survey.
Alongside the accommodation providers, 300 attractions were also spoken to for the survey – around 40% are reporting an increase in visitor numbers in the year to date, with 30% maintaining their performance.
Tourism Minister Tracey Crouch believes that the amount of people enjoying holidays within England is at a record high, due to world-leading museums and galleries, stunning coastlines and the beautiful countryside.
Tourism is responsible for contributing an estimated £60 billion to the country’s economy every year, meaning that strong figures benefit the whole country not just the sector.
VisitEngland Director Patricia Yates claims that it is a great summer for people to be holidaying in England and it presents a great opportunity for those in the tourism industry to showcase the quality products that are on offer within the sector.
It was a record-breaking first four months to the year for domestic holiday trips within the UK. From January to April, Brits took 11 million holiday trips – up 8% on the same period last year – and spent £2.8 billion.
The figures come following a strong 2015 where domestic holiday trips and spending both saw a 7% increase, rising to 43.7 million holiday trips and £10.7 billion spent respectively.
If you’re thinking of travelling across the UK or to Europe this year, be sure to organise your short stay travel insurance in advance
Date Created: 05 August 2016