Let’s holiday in Leeds

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Certainy Leeds railway station doesn't seem busy with travellers leaving the area

Leeds railway station.  More seem to be arriving han leaving

Coming on top of a study by Asda Money that says a third of us will opt for a staycation this year, research from the travel trade show, World Travel Market, suggests that people in Yorkshire are least likely to holiday this year and Leeds is the city where most people will stay at home.

I know Yorkshire is God’s own country – or at least I am told that whenever I am up there – so why would you want to leave but this seems to run contrary to information to holiday taking patterns in the past.

Half of Leeds residents say that they won’t be having a holiday at all closely followed by people in Liverpool, Cardiff, Brighton and Southampton. Can this be true?

Brighton residents have the advantage of a beach – albeit one with pebbles rather than sand – a strong package of summer entertainment, heritage sites, the opening of the new i360 and attractive shopping so I can quite see why people may not see a reason to holiday elsewhere.

Liverpool has developed the banks of the Mersey with museums, a restaurant scene, heritage sites and one of the best art galleries and museums to be found in any of our countries. So I can understand people staying in Liverpool as they have beaches on their doorstep as well.

Cardiff has a summer of events down in the Bay, it has a castle, shopping and a two of the national museum sites, one of which has an envious collection including impressionist paintings which larger, better funded museums would covet.

I don’t know Southampton well enough to comment but if these cities top the list you might imagine that places like Penzance, Ramsgate, York, Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh and Bournemouth to name a few might also appear.

Other research  we have carried out amongst our readers suggest that people who will in places that are considered tourist attractions are less likely to holiday, possibly because they reason they live where they do is because every day is a holiday for them! So, oddly enough, this WTM shows that people in Plymouth, 44.5% of people have already booked to go on holiday, the highest figure of any UK city.

Curioser ad curioser!

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