More domestic breaks planned for Christmas period

More than 13 million people are planning an overnight trip in the UK during the Christmas and new year period, according to VisitEngland data.

The number is an increase on last year when 10.3 million planned to take an overnight trip in the UK during the festive season.

The domestic breaks will bring an estimated £2.6 billion boost to the economy.

Seasonal activities include going out for a meal (43%) shopping at post-Christmas sales (37%) and visiting a Christmas market (31%).

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

Younger people are more likely to spend money at seasonal shopping events, with 45% of 16-to-24 year olds planning to shop at post-Christmas sales and 49% visiting a Christmas market.

Among those definitely planning an overnight trip in England, 40% intend to take two or more trips during the festive period.

The survey found that 11% have yet to decide if they will take an overnight trip in England during the festive season.

Tourism minister Michael Ellis said: “It is excellent news that communities and businesses across the UK will see a festive tourism boost this Christmas.

“The UK’s tourism offer is very strong with brilliant things to do and places to see, and I encourage everyone to go out and explore our beautiful country.”

VisitEngland director Patricia Yates added: “It is great that so many of us are planning to take a domestic trip during the festive period, boosting the UK economy through tourism.

“From seasonal experiences visiting Christmas markets to enjoying year-round attractions such as walks in the countryside and dining out in restaurants, destinations across the country are tempting Brits to explore beyond their doorstep.”

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