Hoteliers urged to make the most of spending boost at UK hotspots this bank holiday


It’s been reported that Britain’s seaside resorts will be the biggest winners this bank holiday, as visitors flock to the coast to enjoy the long weekend.

According to data from Worldpay, Tenby is set to benefit the most, with local takings in pubs, restaurants, and local attractions predicted to rise by as much as 393% this weekend.

Skegness (159%) and Newquay (158%) look set to see the second and third largest increase in spending respectively, compared to an average weekend.

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Restaurateurs and pub owners can hope to at least double their Monday profit with day-trippers looking to indulge in fresh, local produce, and – weather permitting – a long afternoon in a beer garden on Bank Holiday Monday.

It could be standing room only in the pubs around Lyme Regis and Skegness however, with local watering holes as much as 400% busier than on an average weekend.

Spending in cafes and fast food chains will also benefit from the influx of tourists, with trading in seaside towns such as Bournemouth and Newquay set to be around 100% higher than on an average weekend.

Away from the coast, businesses in historic towns and cities such as York and Bath will be looking to cash in on the expected influx of day-trippers and weekend breakers. Cafes, pubs, restaurants and local points of interest are expected to be more than 140% busier than normal.

Commenting on the data, Dave Hobday, UK managing director, Worldpay, said: “For businesses which are reliant on seasonal peaks in traffic, the spring Bank Holiday represents a massive date in the calendar as the opening of the summer season draws near.

“It’s not only an opportunity to profit from an early influx of visitors but also to fine tune operations and analyse customer preferences and habits to ensure that businesses can make the most of  the crucial summer trading period.”


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