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TThe UK should be rewarded for having had a ‘terribly difficult year’ with an extra public holiday, a leading tourism organization has said.

The Association of Major Tourist Attractions (ALVA), which represents more than 2,000 tourist sites across the country, is asking for an additional day off in September to compensate for lost business at Easter and the first public holiday in May, which will fall. under lock and key. .

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The call comes as ALVA released its members’ 2020 visitor figures, which showed travel was down 66% to 45 million, from 144 million in 2019.

Bernard Donoghue, Director of ALVA, said: “Our annual figures for 2020 reflect how the attractions industry and the visitor economy in general have faced a terribly difficult year. Tourism is the UK’s fifth largest industry and as these figures show has been the first hit, hardest hit and will take the longest time to recover. “

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“As Easter approaches, one of the economically important times for our members, we continue to question the government’s decision to open non-essential businesses, but not indoor attractions, which will also be missing on May Bank Holiday. .

“Over the past 14 months, most of our members have been closed for each public holiday, and therefore we are calling on the government to introduce a new public holiday for 2021 at the end of September to thank the NHS and key workers and help the tourism industry. repair our balance sheets. “

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