More than five million Britons are planning to take a staycation for the upcoming August bank holiday weekend this year, according to new figures released today.
VisitEngland’s Bank Holiday Trip Tracker survey found that 5.1 million Britons are planning an overnight holiday trip in the UK this weekend, with 4.6 million planning a holiday in England.
Those holidaying in the country for the long weekend are expected to generate about £1.25bn for the UK economy, of which £1.1bn will be spent in England.
Patricia Yates, director of VisitEngland and VisitBritain, said: “Record numbers of Brits have been taking holidays at home this year and with so much going on this summer the August bank holiday weekend is another chance to enjoy a great holiday whether on a seaside, countryside or city break.”
The survey also revealed that a further 3.6 million people are still undecided about whether to take an overnight holiday trip in England over the weekend, with some 40% waiting to see what the weather is like and about 20% claiming they like to decide at the last minute.
It has been a record-breaking first four months of the year for domestic holiday trips in England. From January to April Britons took 11 million holiday trips – 8% more compared with the same period last year – and spent £2.8bn, 22% up on last year.