VisitEngland has released the latest figures from the Great Britain Tourism Survey covering the month of April. The survey captures information on overnight domestic trips that are taken by residents of Great Britain. The analysis here is on those trips with a destination within England.
- 3.7% fewer overnight domestic trips were made in the first four months of 2017 than 2016
- Helped by a strong April due to the late Easter the number of overnight holiday trips is 1.2% up in the period January to April
- Trips to Visit Friends and Relatives also enjoyed a buoyant month in April, but on a year-to-date basis are 4.2% down on last year
- Overnight Business visits have declined in three out of the first four months of 2017, leading to a year-on-year drop of 9% so far in 2017
- Although still a relatively quiet time of year, the number of overnight Holiday trips in England during the first four months of this year was greater than at any stage in the past decade
- The average length of stay for Holiday trips in England during the period January to April was 2.74 nights, up marginally from 2.70 last year