Staycation popularity rises in the UK

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 5:04 PM

The number of people choosing to take a short break here in the UK, rather than abroad continues to rise with companies such as Center Parcs seeing a 400 per cent increase in visitors to their website throughout January 2012. 

UK short breaks are continuing to rise in other areas too, as September 2011 saw the number of domestic overnight trips taken in England was 22 per cent higher than the year before, and searches for ‘UK Breaks’ on Google rose 27 per cent between January 2011 and January 2012.

More and more people are seeing the merits of staying within the UK for their family breaks and short getaways and this current trend sees no sign of slowing down and looks set to continue throughout 2012. This is great news for the UK tourism industry.

Simon Jarratt, Online Acquisition Manager for Center Parcs is not surprised by the boom in domestic breaks and says, "The term 'staycation' seemed to be something of a buzz word in 2010/11, with the media reporting changing consumer behaviour when it came to the types of holidays people were taking. In reality, it seems like this consumer behaviour has continued into 2012, and is likely to extend far beyond."

Follow us @IdealBreaks 
 

The Eiffel Tower, Paris

More Brits have seen the Eiffel Tower than Buckingham Palace

The average Brit has only seen one in four of the UK's top landmarks and more Brits have seen the Eiffel Tower in Paris than Buckingham Palace in London, a new study has revealed.

Patriotourism sees more Brits holiday in the UK

Staycation Brits encouraging 'Patriotourism'

A new study has revealed that the reason an increasing number of Brits are planning staycation breaks is not because of economic woes or the hassle of travelling abroad, rather it is because the United Kingdom more than meets their holidaying needs.

Edinburgh is now second most popular staycation break

City breaks overtake seaside breaks as most popular staycation

The city break has overtaken the traditional seaside holiday as Britons’ favourite staycation break according to new findings revealed today by Travelodge.

Yorkshire, England

Holidaymakers choosing English 'staycation' rose in August

Holidaymakers choosing a ‘staycation’ trip in England rose by 13% in August as compared to 2011, according to new figures.

Hull was crowned UK Capital of Culture 2017

Hull crowned UK City of Culture 2017

Hull has been awarded UK City of Culture 2017, Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced yesterday.

Cornwall is the most popular place for UK break

80 percent of Brits now take an annual UK break

Ask someone where they’ve holidayed in the last three years and they will probably say ‘in the UK’ according to a new study, which suggests the staycation is now a firm favourite for British families, with 80 percent now taking an annual UK break.

Online searches for boutique hotels

Rise in online searches for boutique hotels in the UK

Online searches for Lifestyle & Boutique hotels in the UK were three times more than for those located in short-haul and long-haul destinations combined, reveals the latest analysis of specialist hotels search data from digital marketing agency, Greenlight.

The Travelodge came in second to last, scoring 50%

Best and worst UK hotel chains revealed

A new Which? survey of UK hotel chains has found a wide variety of standards and has revealed the best is the Q Hotel chain.

Coffee with a local in Amsterdam

Amsterdam

This week IdealShortBreaks.co.uk is in Amsterdam drinking strong black coffee with local Machteld Ligtvoet, who gives us tips on some of his favourite local haunts – including where you can go to find one of the best views of the city.

Top five alternative Christmas markets

Alternative Christmas markets

Forget the likes of Germany and Eastern European favourites, Budapest, Krakow and Prague this year and why not head to some alternative Christmas market destinations for something a little different this festive season?