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How people with a vaccine spent their time

How people with a vaccine spent their time

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released research into how people with a vaccine spent their time – one year on from the first UK lockdown (Great Britain, March 2021). Time Use Survey data explains the differences between how people in Great Britain spent their time during coronavirus restrictions in March and April 2020...

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Holidaymakers’ appetite for visiting attractions grows

Holidaymakers’ appetite for visiting attractions grows

The latest visitor sentiment research from ALVA (Association of Leading Visitor Attractions) has been released, covering the period 17 – 22 June. The key points from the research are: Since late April, there has been a positive shift in appetite for visiting attractions when they re-open. In particular, some of those ‘waiting to see what...

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UK Tourism Scenario Forecasts from Tourism Economics

UK Tourism Scenario Forecasts from Tourism Economics

The report was prepared by Tourism Economics for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and released in May 2021. Research (undertaken in March 2021) was “procured by DCMS for the purpose of gaining a better understanding of the future landscape of recovery in the tourism and travel sector”.  The report looks at...

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Business impacts of Coronavirus

Business impacts of Coronavirus

ONS has produced new regional data on the impact of restrictions on businesses up until the beginning of Step 3. The data, as usual, shows that tourism/hospitality is the most impacted sector of the economy but there are marked regional differences. For example, the East Midlands had 79% of hospitality businesses operating between 4-16 May,...

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Travel behaviour tracker – behavioural changes in store?

Travel behaviour tracker – behavioural changes in store?

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published its 4th Wave of All Change? research on travel behaviour. While this research is based on surveys undertake in February/March 2021 (and therefore pre-dates easing of lockdown and the release of the overseas travel traffic light system), there is interesting information on people’s transport use and expectations regarding...

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ONS survey into happiness of nation – older = happier

ONS survey into happiness of nation – older = happier

In the Office for National Statistics’ most recent survey into Coronavirus and contributors to subnational well-being (January to March 2021) the following was revealed: Over the past year, average happiness for England and Wales was lower than the pre-pandemic (February 2020) average of 7.2; London recorded lower average happiness than rural areas or other urban...

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In the polls this week

In the polls this week

Pollster YouGov has undertaken research into attitudes towards various aspects of leaving lockdown: Not easy to return to normality: Overall, the general population are split, but lean slightly more towards saying they will find it hard (49%) rather than easy (42%) to adjust when the pandemic eventually comes to an end. There is a split...

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Significant impact of coronavirus on tourism shown by ONS study

Significant impact of coronavirus on tourism shown by ONS study

The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 13 April show the severe impact that coronavirus is still having on the UK tourism industry, compared with other sectors of the economy. The figures show that, in comparison to February 2020 (the last full month of ‘normal’ operating conditions):...

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VisitBritain Sentiment Tracker – mixed results in wave 27

VisitBritain Sentiment Tracker – mixed results in wave 27

VisitBritain has published wave 27 of their Consumer Sentiment Tracker which covers fieldwork conducted between 22-26 March. Confidence and overnight trip intent are marginally down, as is the proportion expecting normality to return to their lives by the end of the year (50%). There is a higher proportion of spring trip intenders saying they have...