VisitEngland has released the May results from the GBTS covering trends in overnight domestic tourism.
After what was a very weak set of data for April due to the early Easter, May sees a rebound, with the number of overnight holidays taken in England being 12% higher than in May of 2017, coinciding with the onset of very favourable weather. This was the highest figure recorded for May since 2010.
The average length of stay for overnight domestic holiday trips in May was 3.37 nights, marginally up from 3.30 a year earlier.
Overnight visits to friends and relatives increased at the same pace as holidays, namely 12% on a year-on-year basis, but it was overnight Business trips that stole the show in May with annual growth of 21%, making it the strongest May for this segment since 2012.
In the rolling twelve months to May 2018 the number of overnight domestic holidays taken in England stood at 47.5 million, 4% up on the twelve months before, but slightly shy of the tally achieved on the same basis in the earlier months of 2018 due to the very poor April figures.