The planning director at Positive Thinking, Paul Godwin, asks if Brits are becoming more European
The Spanish, French and Italians have always been loyal to domestic locations and have often decided to stay close to home for their holiday breaks. Until very recently, Brits have not been tempted to do the same, but with developments in British tourism and other factors, the staycation has exploded and UK holidaymakers have fallen back in love with the great British holiday.
The current economic climate could be a factor in encouraging Brits to look for a cheaper holidays and with less money to spend on trips, the UK may seem a more economical option. Findings from a survey we conducted found almost two thirds of Brits (64%) put price and value for money at the top of their priority list when purchasing travel products and services. With the recession in full force, Brits can't always afford to go on extravagant holidays, so they are choosing to go on more breaks and staying in the UK as they can get more for their money.
However it's not just money worries making British holidaymakers look at UK options, huge developments in British tourism, hotels and hospitality have tempted Brits into holidaying in the UK. With lots of luxury hotels, spas, and high end restaurants popping up all over the country, there are now lots of excellent attractions that can cater for Britons on a city break or trip to the countryside. Britain now has the capability that it didn't have a couple of decades ago to provide all kinds of holidays for any budget that aren't dependent on great weather.
Furthermore, Britain is also undergoing an era of national pride with events like the Royal wedding in April and the upcoming Olympics, making Britain the place to be. All things British have become cool, with a surge in popularity for traditional food and culture at home and abroad. Like the French, Spanish and Italians, Britain has developed its own cosmopolitan culture that is attracting visitors to holiday in the UK to experience the British vibe.
Moreover, we shouldn't ignore the significant role played by marketing in the revival of the British holiday. The UK tourist industry has dramatically improved by stepping up marketing campaigns to highlight the fantastic scenery and attractions Britain has to offer. A whole range of tools including advertising, mobile phone apps, digital, and social media have been employed to attract consumers to the UK. Brits are able to copy the holidaying habits from our European neighbours because more information is projected about great UK holidays and deals through marketing. The key to keeping the British staycation alive is to continue smart marketing and let people know about the great attractions and facilities the UK has to offer.