British Holidaymakers Still Undecided About Summer Holidays

While substantial numbers of British holidaymakers are planning to take a holiday in the UK this year, many others are still undecided according to Visit England, the official travel promotional agency for England.

Around 10.3 million British holidaymakers have planned to take their vacation within the UK this year, with around 8.9 million people specifically planning to travel to English destinations, according to the study.

These vacations are likely to boost local economies by around GBP2.3bn in the UK, with around GBP1.9bn to be spent in England alone.

It is likely that around 5.9million British travellers will be holidaying abroad during the same period this year.

Even at this late stage it is estimated that around 10.8 million British holidaymakers are yet to decide on a summer vacation, mainly due to increasing concerns about the financial situation and the inclement weather, while 22 percent of those surveyed are waiting for a last minute deal that will suit their budget, before deciding on a holiday.

James Berresford, the chief executive of VisitEngland, said, ‘I am delighted to see that over ten million people are planning to holiday at home this summer.

The industry has a vast opportunity to inspire those still undecided and convince them that England is the place to be this summer.

If we convert even half of those who are undecided about taking a summer break in England, we could potentially contribute an additional GBP600 million to the UK economy.

The trend for last minute bookings is strong; this coupled with the recent return of sunshine to our shores could provide the industry with a welcome boost.’

 

Six struck with malaria in Greece

Following six cases of malaria in Greece, holidaymakers have been warned to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

 

The cases included five Greek adults and a Roma child, all have been reported since June this year and were seen in people with no history of travel to countries where malaria is more common, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

 

All six patients are recovering at present, there have been no deaths.

 

The cases have been identified in areas of marshy wetland – were mosquitos are more common. Including the districts of Laconia, in the south of the Peloponnese peninsula, and the island of Euboea, east of the Greek mainland.

 

Professor David Hill, director of the HPA’s National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) said: ‘The risk to holidaymakers of catching

malaria while in Greece remains extremely low, so there is no need to take anti-malarials when visiting this country, but travellers should take

measures to prevent being bitten.

 

‘We already advise people travelling to Greece to prevent insect bites to protect against another mosquito-borne infection caused by West Nile virus.

 

‘This can cause a nervous system disease and over 200 cases were reported in Greece last year. The recent cases of malaria in Greece reinforce the importance of taking precautions against being bitten while on holiday.’

 

Dr Jane Jones, a travel health expert at the HPA, added: ‘It is important that travellers returning from affected areas seek medical advice promptly if they experience symptoms of malaria, which include fever, headache and muscle pains.

 

‘The HPA is also advising health professionals to consider mosquito-borne illnesses in travellers returning from Greece with relevant symptoms and ensure they are tested appropriately.

 

‘The HPA and NaTHNaC will continue to monitor the situation in Greece closely and will offer any further advice to health professionals and the general public accordingly.’

 

These new cases make it the third year Greece has seen cases of malaria from local transmission.