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Five million Britons to take bank holiday staycation

24 August 2016 by

Some 5.1 million people will be taking an overnight trip in Britain over the long weekend, with 4.6 million of them planning a holiday in England, according to VisitEngland's Bank Holiday Trip Tracker, released today.

Britons are expected to generate £1.25b for the UK economy this August bank holiday, of which £1.1b will be spent in England.

VisitBritain/VisitEngland director Patricia Yates 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 figures also showed that people are increasingly opting to take short breaks in England. Stays of one to three nights are up by 10% compared with the previous year, with four million more people taking short breaks at home than 10 years ago.

The first four months of this year have broken records for domestic holidays, with Brits taking 11 million trips. This is up by 8% on last year for the same period. Domestic holidaymakers spent £2.8b, up 22% in comparison to the same period last year.

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