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Record number of Brits chose a staycation over bank holiday weekend

Following the country opting to leave the European Union, Britain has seen a dramatic boom in ‘satycations.’

Drastic increases have been reported by both regional tourist boards, and hotels, regarding bookings, following the vote for Brexit.

Over the recent bank holiday weekend, around 5.1 million Brits enjoyed a British holiday, according to Visit England. This is an increase on last year’s 4.7 million.

Due to recent terror attacks in tourist destinations which were once popular with Brits, and the pound significantly dropping after the results of the referendum were announced, many Brits have been left feeling uncertain about foreign travel.

During July and August, Cornwall received 3.7 million visitors. 1.2 million of these stayed for a duration of over a day. Visit Cornwall predicted that Cornwall’s visiting numbers were 4% higher than last year, with 84,000 tourists visiting from countries abroad.

Linda Taylor, Mayor of St Ives, in Cornwall, said: “Without a doubt it’s busier this year. Whereas young families would have gone to Tunisia or Turkey, they want to just get in their car and travel safely to a destination.”

Almost £503 million was spent in Britain by holidaymakers over the summer holidays.

As well as Cornwall, an increase in visitor numbers was also reported in East Anglia, and the Cotswolds.