Staycations hand boost to economy

VISIT ENGLAND has reported a growth in domestic tourism as Brits holiday at home on so-called “staycations”.

The group, which champions homegrown tourism, said that 51 per cent of hotels and 42 per cent of camping businesses have seen an increase in guest numbers over the summer. Meanwhile 76 per cent of those questioned said they were confident that they will have done as well as or better this year and 83 per cent think they are going to have a great autumn.

Chief executive James Berresford is confident that tourism businesses will continue to do well in the future. “The staycation shouldn’t be seen as a cheap alternative because it offers quality,” he said.