Survey Reveals How Britons Intend to Enjoy Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend

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22nd June 2012 12:47 - Public Consultation

According to a new survey by the Travel Association (ABTA), some six million Britons (10% of the UK population) are set to take a holiday break during the bank holiday weekend of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee (from 2-5 June 2012).

With the bank holidays falling on Monday and Tuesday this year, many workers will be making the best of this opportunity by taking three days off to get a full nine days leave.

Of those Britons taking a holiday, 6% of the population intend to stay in the UK and 4% are planning an overseas getaway.

Meanwhile, around 2.5million (4% of the UK population) will be hosting a party to commemorate Her Majesty’s Silver Jubilee, potentially revisiting scenes last seen in 1977 when whole streets closed to hold celebrations for the occasion.

In addition, approximately 40% of Britons intend to simply relax at home during this holiday period, while just over 10% will unfortunately have to go into work as normal.

ABTA Chief Executive, Mark Tanzer, commented on the market research findings: “The country clearly has a great deal of affection for the Queen, with millions intending to have a Jubilee party. The extended June bank holiday will also provide a shot in the arm for the British travel industry with six million intending to take a break in the UK or overseas.”

He added: “Like last year’s Royal Wedding, the Jubilee shows that extra bank holidays not only give us a chance to recharge our batteries but also give an extremely welcome boost to tourism and many parts of the wider economy.”

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