Let's Stay UK

Let's Stay UK

April 30, 2010 03:30 ET

UK Holiday Staycations Having Second Bumper Year

DERBYSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 30, 2010) - Lets Stay UK, the short breaks UK specialist, is reporting that the "Staycation" holiday – where British tourists choose to holiday in the UK may be turning from a one off during the recession to a longer term trend as holiday makers change their habits.

In 2009 there was a predictable but dramatic increase in the number of holiday makers choosing to stay in Britain – fuelled largely by the recession putting less discretionary cash in people's pockets.

As the country moves through this painful period, in previous recessions there has often been a "bounce back" to a good times mentality. However, on this occasion the trend for UK based holidays may be here to stay due to a number of contributing factors including the move towards greener lifestyles, the weakness of the pound abroad and more recently the potential for air travel disruption.

However, Mike Cummins – director of Lets Stay and also owner of Let's Stay Peak District which promotes Peak district accommodation has another theory – that the UK short break industry has dramatically improved its standards of both accommodation and hospitality since the last recession. This meant that in 2009, visitors choosing UK destinations had a better experience than they had expected.

The UK inbound tourist industry is worth 89.9 billion pounds to the economy according to industry watchdog "Visit Britain" and is responsible for 2,6 million jobs – many of them in rural areas. In 2009, seaside holidays like Dorset holidays were up 20% in the UK, whilst international holidays from UK travelers went down 15%.

About Lets Stay UK: A leading independent accommodation finding service for independent hotel and B&B owners throughout the UK. Through a network of franchises in the UK, Lets Stay matches UK and international travellers to unusual and varied UK accommodation.

For more information, and to get your own accommodation listed, contact Letsstay.co.uk on 0845 409 4510.

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