4.8m Brits planning a bank holiday trip in the UK


4.8m Brits are planning an overnight trip to somewhere in the UK this August bank holiday, as the staycation trend continues to grow.

The results of VisitEngland’s Bank Holiday Trip Tracker survey highlighted that these trips are likely to generate some £1.2bn for the UK economy.

The research showed that 15% of British adults definitely plan to take an overnight trip over the three-day weekend, while 16% are still undecided, meaning that there is still ample opportunity for hoteliers to grab some last-minute custom.

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54% are planning a holiday or short break, while 42% plan to visit friends and relatives. According to the survey, 7.6m are planning a day trip, with a further 14.8m still deciding.

Fewer Brits are undecided due to financial reasons this year (with 26% compared to 29% in 2014); 21% are either not sure where they want to go or waiting to see if there are any last minute deals or special offers to take advantage of.

A quarter (25%), just prefer to decide at the last minute and some are ‘Waiting to see what the weather is like’.

Tourism minister Tracey Crouch said: “The bank holiday is a brilliant opportunity for people to go out and explore England’s world class attractions. We have a vibrant visitor economy that saw a record start to the year. I’m looking forward to working with the industry to build on this success with the government’s new five point plan for tourism, which aims to further increase visitor numbers, create great careers and support local economies."