Travel and tourism in the UK are set to thrive in 2020, despite concerns that Brexit could cause a problem for travellers. Travel experts at Lonely Planet have named England the second-best destination in the world for holidaymakers in 2020, coming just second to tiny Himalayan country Bhutan. Meanwhile, a record 39.7 million visitors are expected to enter the UK this year providing a whopping £26.6billion boost to the economy.
The news comes ahead of Boris Johnson’s confirmation that the government will press ahead with Brexit plans on 31 January.
While Brexit chatter has sparked concerns surrounding travel both to and from the UK, it seems England’s status as a top tourist destination will not falter.
Lonely Planet released its 2020 travel destination roundup and crowned England the second-best destination for holidaymakers.
Amongst its highlights, the experts highlighted England’s coastlines, as well as “timeless treasures” such as historic castles, cathedrals and villages.
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Spending by tourists is also forecast to be up 6.6 percent on last year.
Patricia Yates, the director of Visit Britain, which produced the figures, said: “The picture has never looked healthier for British tourism. It is one of the UK’s most valuable export industries and these results show our continued ability to attract international visitors in a fiercely competitive global market.
“We are seeing success in growing tourism from our long-haul, high-spending markets including the US, our largest and most valuable inbound market, and from markets that are crucial for our future such as China.
However, UK tourism doesn’t just need to come from abroad, with more opportunities than ever for UK residents to travel within the country.
Staycations seemingly are on the rise too, whether this is related to Brexit concerns or not is not clear.
However, according to the latest travel report from ABTA 56 percent of Britons are planning a domestic break.
The travel experts name a boost in “luxury short breaks” and “dog-friendly staycations” as a driving force.