AAn additional public holiday is expected to be added at the end of September to compensate for bad weather over the May 1 weekend, tourism bosses said.
“Hospitality and tourism have missed almost every public holiday last year and the start of it,” Kate Nicholls, UK Hospitality managing director wrote on Twitter. “An extra holiday would boost business, economy, jobs and investment.”
Ms Nicholls was responding to calls from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (Alva), which tweeted: ‘Due to largely terrible, rainy and cold weather for the season, #UKtourism is really not taking advantage of this holiday, only the second tourism businesses were opened [for] 14 months (indoor attractions are still not open). We need an extra holiday at the end of September. “
Bernard Donoghue, director of Alva, told The Independent: “This was only the second holiday most tourism businesses have been open for in the past 14 months – and indoor attractions are still not open, except in Scotland. “
The loss of domestic tourism and foreign visitors has cost the UK economy £ 80 billion in the past 12 months, according to Visit Britain. May 17th is the date on which indoor attractions can reopen in England.
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