Almost two million extra people plan to take a domestic break over the bank holiday weekend, official figures reveal.

As many as 6.9 million Britons are planning an overnight holiday in the UK this weekend, up from 5.1 million at the same time last year.

They are expected to bring an estimated £1.7 billion boost to the UK economy, according to VisitEngland’s August bank holiday trip tracker survey published today.

The survey also found that 8.9 million (17%) are undecided about whether to take an overnight holiday trip during the bank holiday.

Tourism Minister John Glen said: “Tourism is a key economic driver and job creator and we want every part of the UK to benefit. It is fantastic that so many people are planning a holiday at home this weekend, generating a £1.7 billion boost to the economy

“We will continue to work closely with the industry to build on this success, and encourage even more people to visit and enjoy the world-class attractions Britain has to offer.”

VisitEngland director Patricia Yates said: “Record number of Brits have been taking holidays at home and it is great to see so many of us are planning a trip this long weekend, getting out and exploring the outstanding destinations and quality attractions right here on our doorstep whether on a seaside, countryside or a city-break.

“The certainty of budgeting for a holiday at home, the ease and convenience, are all contributing to people choosing to take more domestic trips, boosting economic growth and spreading the benefits of tourism across Britain.”

Britons took a record 14.4 million domestic holidays between January and April, up 3% on the same period last year.