VisitBritain partners with The National Lottery to boost domestic tourism

VisitBritain has announced a partnership with the National Lottery to launch a new campaign aimed at promoting domestic tourism in the UK.

The move comes as Britons are increasingly looking at staycations as a cost-effective option for the summer. The campaign supports the UK’s domestic tourism industry by stimulating demand for domestic day trips to visitor attractions and experiences including heritage sites, gardens, zoos and aquariums, theme parks, farm parks, tours and excursions.

The campaign offers £25 vouchers to National Lottery players, which can be redeemed for entry tickets to hundreds of participating tourist attractions and experiences across the country.

VisitBritain CEO Patricia Yates said: ‘VisitBritain is delighted to once again be supporting the National Lottery Days Out campaign. With the summer holidays fast approaching, this timely promotion will support more of us to get out and explore the wonderful visitor attractions and experiences here on our doorstep, enjoy a great day out with family and friends and boost local economies up and down the country.’

Adam Chataway, Head of Partnerships at The National Lottery, said: ‘The National Lottery is thrilled to join forces with VisitBritain once again to offer our players the opportunity to see some amazing attractions across the UK this summer, either free or at a hugely discounted price. A huge number of major attractions and historical locations have been funded by The National Lottery over the years and the £25 vouchers are a great way to say a huge ‘thank you’ to our players for supporting culture and heritage across the UK.’

Running from July 3 to September 30, the promotion aims to encourage Britons to explore and enjoy the various attractions available in the UK during the summer months. Players can claim the free vouchers by entering their National Lottery game reference number at the VisitBritain Shop website.

Millionaire UK Lottery Winners Prefer to Holiday in USA

For those families fortunate enough to win the UK lottery, the US is the preferred destination for a vacation, according to a new survey published by Holiday Hypermarket, a UK based holiday comparison community.

British lottery winners prefer to holiday in Florida in the US, followed by the Caribbean, the Canary Islands and Dubai (in the UAE).

According to the study conducted by lottery operator, Camelot, and Oxford Economics, around 27 percent of those winning at least one million pounds intend to visit the US, and especially Walt Disney World in Florida.

Around 9 percent of the million pound-plus club are keen to visit Caribbean destinations, including Jamaica, while the other popular vacation destinations are the Canary Islands, Dubai and Mallorca. Around 68 percent of lottery winners opt to stay in five-star hotels during their vacation.

The e-commerce manager at Holiday Hypermarket, Calum Macdonald, said, ‘America has always been viewed as glamorous by us Brits so the results don’t surprise me. The good news for everyone is that you don’t have to be a lottery winner to head to Florida or the Canaries as there are deals to suit everyone’s budget out there at the moment.’

There have been approximately 3,000 National Lottery millionaires in the UK since the competition’s inception in 1994, and they have spent GBP21 million on luxurious overseas travel holidays, with an average expenditure of GBP7,100 per millionaire winner.

The report also said that in the last 18 years, 10 percent of the 3,000 winners have acquired new caravans, contributing around GBP7.4 million to caravan sales.