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Domestic holiday spend and visits at all-time high for first quarter

28 June 2016 by
Domestic holiday spend and visits at all-time high for first quarter

Latest figures from VisitEngland show a record-breaking first quarter for the amount spent on overnight domestic holiday trips in England. Visitors spent £1.8b from January to March, up 23% on the same period last year.

The Great British Tourism Survey, jointly sponsored by VisitEngland, VisitScotland and Visit Wales and carried out by independent research agency TNS, found the number of domestic overnight holiday trips also set a new record for a first quarter with 7.3 million visits, up 10% compared to the same period in 2015.

The figures come on the back of a strong 2015 for domestic holidays in England with trip volumes and spending both up by 7%. Overall, last year domestic overnight tourism in England saw a record-breaking £19.6b spent and the highest number of trips since 2012.

VisitBritain/VisitEngland director Patricia Yates said: "This is an incredibly positive start to the year as we continue our #OMGB ‘Home of Amazing Moments' campaign in the build-up to summer, encouraging people to explore more of our regions and driving tourism, and its economic benefits, across the whole of England."

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