It’s a year since the historic vote for the UK to leave the EU. Certainly, it’s a good time for the tourist industry to take stock and see how it has been affected by the vote. Lycetts, which provides insurance for arcades, recently took a close look at the facts and figures.
Research has suggested that international travellers still see the UK as a popular destination. A survey of 7,000 international holidaymakers by Barclays found that 97 percent wish to see the UK in sooner rather than later. Interestingly, 60 percent also said that they were now even more interested in visiting the UK than they were 12 months previously.
The top five areas that this group are setting their sights on don’t come as much surprise. 67 percent plan to visit London, 44 percent planning to visit Scotland, 29 percent want to visit Wales, 24 percent plan to visit Northern Ireland and 17 percent plan a visit to Yorkshire.
The UK has always been an attractive destination for international visitors and it remains so. It means the economy continues to be boosted by the industry. The Barclays report found that the average spend on accommodation by tourists is £667, along with £453 on shopping and £339 on food and drink.
VisitBritain has also released some figures of interest. Most intriguingly, international visitors spent a record £2.7 billion in just January and February 2017. It’s an increase of 11 percent compared to 2016’s figures.
Staying at home
ABTA’s Travel Trends Report this year found that the number of domestic holidays taken throughout the UK jumped from the 64 percent in 2015 to 71 percent in 2016.
The Barclays report also revealed that more than a third of adults across Britain are choosing to holiday closer to home due to personal preference as opposed to limitations due to cost. Some of the main reasons have been revealed. 34 percent cited choice as a main reason, stating ‘I would like to spend more time in the UK’. 32 percent said cost was the main reason, stating ‘holidays in the UK are now more affordable’. 23 percent cited experience as a main reason, stating ‘I enjoyed a recent UK holiday and so am keen to replicate this’. 15 percent cited the number of activities available as a main reason, stating ‘there are more holiday activities in the UK than there were in the past’. 14 percent cited time as a main reason, stating ‘I have less time than I have had previously to holiday abroad’.
Barclays surveyed more than 2,000 UK holidaymakers too, where they found that the city break was on the minds of 40 per cent who had plans for a UK-based holiday. 37 per cent are more inclined to visit and stay in a rural spot.
A plan to ensure the tourism scene flourishes post-brexit
It looks healthy and ABTA hopes it continues to be so by requesting that the government focuses on five areas. ABTA wants the UK to continue giving its citizens the ability to travel freely within Europe and beyond. They want visa-free travel between the UK and the EU Protecting valuable consumer rights. They want travellers to continue to have continued access to either free or reduced cost medical treatment, wherever they are in Europe through the European Health Insurance Cards scheme. The want to give UK businesses operational stability — such as retaining access to employment markets and continuing to consider tax and border issues. Finally, they want to seize opportunities for growth like reducing Air Passenger Duty, cutting visa costs and working towards world-class connectivity.
“We want to work with the Government to help make Brexit as successful as possible,” underlined Mark Tanzer, ABTA’s chief executive.