Optimism grows as spending on UK travel and tourism rises

Buses travel down the empty Oxford Street, as the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions begin to ease, in London, Britain, April 9, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

Consumer spending in the United Kingdom fell 7.2 percent in March compared to the same period in 2019 but there are signs of hope for the travel industry as Britons start to book post-lockdown trips and activities.

Spending in the travel industry in March was down compared to figures from two years ago, but was higher than in January and February, suggesting holidaymakers have started to plan trips for later in the year.

Hotels, resorts and accommodation spending were down 54.3 percent compared to the 75.4 percent drop in January, and the 70.3 percent decline…

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