Is Brexit making us holiday at home?

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Could the Lake District be even busier than usual this year?

Could the Lake District be even busier than usual this year?

Can it be true as proclaims, that 25 million of us are going to take a UK holiday this year instead of holidaying abroad?

From the Best Western hotel consortium come early figures showing that bookings from USA and China in particular rocketed in the week after the Brexit vote, with one hotel in Edinburgh reporting a ten-fold increase in bookings from America and Chinese bookings up nearly 50% compared with the same week last year.

If you combine the two stories does it mean that we will be competing with overseas visitors for hotel rooms in the UK this year?

Best Western says that Cambridge, York and the Lake District are seeing upturns in interest from overseas visitors, presumably brought about because the decline of the the pound makes us a more attractive destination. says that, for the fifth year running, Cornwall is the most popular spot for those planning a break at home. London held onto second place with the Lake District, third followed by the Scottish Highlands, staying at our own homes, Norfolk, Edinburgh, the Isle of Wight, Manchester and Bath.

Comparing the two, Edinburgh and the Lake District look to be the places to visit if you like crowds. If you don’t, then the Yorkshire Dales, Bournemouth, Brighton, the New Forest and Cardiff have dropped out of the list from last year. Even better will be the places that didn’t make the list in either year. Why is Devon missing, a place where one of our colleagues is holidaying this week? Where is Pembrokeshire, the Peak District, the Ayrshire coast or Northern Ireland? says that additional research carried out after the referendum reveals an extra 5% of Brits will choose to take a break in the British Isles this year (equivalent to an extra 2.5 million people).  A similar number stated they were holding off booking a holiday at all until things calm down and, of those taking a holiday this year, 15% said that they planning to spend less on their summer getaway following the result.

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