British bank holiday staycationers due to spend £1.7billion in UK economy this weekend

VisitEngland's August Bank Holiday Trip Tracker survey shows an increase in the number of Britons planning to take an overnight trip in the UK this weekend.

Green Park, London - image: Flickr/Dan Brown (CC BY 2.0)
Green Park, London - image: Flickr/Dan Brown (CC BY 2.0)
The figures are a significant rise on last year, when the survey found 5.1 million adults in Britain planned to take the same trip. 
VisitEngland director Patricia Yates said: "Record number of Brits have been taking holidays at home and it is great to see so many of us are planning a trip this long weekend, getting out and exploring the outstanding destinations and quality attractions right here on our doorstep whether on a seaside, countryside or a city-break." 
The survey results are good news for the UK’s destination gardens, since garden attractions or attractions and zoos saw the most significant growth – at 8% - in visitors to attractions last year, according to VisitEngland's Annual Attractions Survey. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew was the third most visited paid for attraction in England in 2016 with 1.8 million visitors. RHS Garden Wisley was at 11 and The Eden Project at 15. 
The tourism economy is worth £106 billion annually to England.
Tourism minister John Glen said: "Tourism is a key economic driver and job creator and we want every part of the UK to benefit. It is fantastic that so many people are planning a holiday at home this weekend, generating a £1.7 billion boost to the economy.
"We will continue to work closely with the industry to build on this success, and encourage even more people to visit and enjoy the world-class attractions Britain has to offer." 
This year’s VisitEngland Trip Tracker survey also found that 8.9 million Brits (17%) are undecided about whether to take an overnight holiday trip during the August Bank Holiday. 
The latest official statistics show that it has been a record-breaking first four months of the year for domestic holidays in Britain. From January to April this year Brits took a record 14.4 million domestic holidays, up 3% on the same period last year.

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