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UK travellers shun foreign holidays

Business travel hit by sharpest decline as visits abroad fell by 15% in 2009,with many Britons opting for UK-based ‘staycation’ Was it plummeting business budgets or, as the local tourism industry would have us believe, a wave of nostalgia for retro seaside holidays?

imageOfficial figures have confirmed the picture of what many referred to as the “staycation” trend in 2009, as visits abroad fell at a record pace last year. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the 15% drop from the year before to 58.6m was the biggest drop since records began in the 1970s.

The main driver in the sharp drop was a fall in business trips, which fell by almost a quarter – while holiday trips declined by 15%. In the other direction, business trips into the UK fell by a fifth, overshadowing a rise in holiday visitors and leaving overall visits by overseas residents down 6.3% to 29.9m.

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