The big boost

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According to Visit England, 8.6 million of us will take an overnight stay this bank holiday weekend. They estimate that this will bring an estimated £2.1 billion boost to the economy. More importantly, the number is the highest since Visit England commenced this research in 2012.

Notting Hill Carnival in a previous year

Just three years ago the same survey said that 5.1 million of us would definitely be taking an overnight holiday on the bank holiday weekend.

Why the big increase?

Is it Brexit, a better weather forecast for the weekend compared to the last two soggy ones that we have had or a realisation that summer is nearly over and let’s make the most of it?

The answer is that we don’t know.

What we do know is that from January to April this year we took a record 15.4 million domestic holidays in Britain, up 9% on the same period last year. We also know that short breaks of one to three holiday nights have been one of the major drivers of growth in recent years. Britons are taking 21% more (6.4 million) short- breaks in Britain than they did 10 years ago, when comparing 2018 to 2008. 

That predates Brexit and goes back to the date of the economic recession. It must mean that more of us are happy with the attractions, destinations and opportunities in England to enjoy ourselves on short breaks.

Does the research also apply to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales? No but it is unlikely that there is not a ripple effect across the whole of the UK.

This weekend, the biggest event is obviously the Notting Hill Carnival where about a million people will turn out to watch, take-part of join in the fun. But throughout our countries there will be any number of events happening.

Check your local websites, go to Visit England, Visit Scotland, Visit Wales or the Northern Ireland part of the Tourism Ireland websites to see what is happening close to where you will be staying this coming weekend. 

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