English Tourism Week is approaching
English Tourism Week is just around the corner with this year’s week dedicated to showing support for tourism businesses and destinations in the industry as they reopen and begin to rebuild.
Coordinated by VisitEngland and taking place May 22-31, English Tourism Week is an annual celebration of the tourism industry, highlighting its economic importance to local economies and promoting innovation, quality and range of products and services offered to encourage more domestic breaks. .
It comes as the tourism agency’s latest forecast shows domestic tourism spending this year is estimated at £ 51.4bn, just over half of the £ 91.6bn in 2019.
Last year alone about two-thirds of the value was wiped out of the national tourism industry, a loss of £ 58 billion to the economy.
Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston said:
“The tourism sector has undoubtedly faced enormous challenges over the past year. This is why we have provided over £ 25 billion to date, including the unprecedented reduction in VAT.
“Tourism and hospitality companies across the country have continually impressed me with their adaptability over the past year and I know they are all ready to welcome us again.
“English tourism has so much to offer, from rural retreats to city breaks. I can’t wait to explore and urge everyone to join me in supporting our fantastic tourism industry by taking national vacations over the next few months. ”
VisitEngland Director Andrew Stokes said:
“Our annual event to celebrate and defend English tourism has never been greater, providing a timely opportunity to showcase the exceptional offer here on our doorstep as we head into the critical summer season and to support local businesses and tourist attractions, which have lost months of vital trade as they reopen and rebuild.
“By highlighting the quality and diversity of tourism products, destinations and experiences across England, we also hope that people will consider spending an additional holiday at home this year, exploring a new place, revisiting a favorite attraction or taking a city break. With international tourists slower to return, this is also the year to rediscover the crown jewels of English tourism in our bustling city centers.
“Millions of jobs and local economies depend on tourism and businesses and destinations are working hard, innovating and adapting to welcome visitors safely and ensure they have a great experience. . They will be very happy to see you.