People are ‘staying in the UK for their holidays’

Brits are increasingly looking to stay in the UK due to the economic downturn, one expert has suggested.

Bob Atkinson, travel expert at, said many individuals are still taking the same number of trips as usual, but are looking at different ways to save money.

He remarked: “There are a significant number of people travelling in the UK and their holiday plans may have changed to stay here rather than going overseas.”

Although unemployment levels are still increasing, Mr Atkinson added, there remains a large number of Britons who are able to continue to travel as normal.

Those looking to go abroad should consider going to recession-busting destinations such as Greece and Spain or contemplate long-haul trips as this is where the bargains are, he stated.

A new report by the Association of Independent Tour Operators found that more than three-quarters of people in the UK aim to take as much or more holidays in 2009 as they did in the previous year.

By Francis Finch


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