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Economy accelerates as tourism and hospitality emerge from lockdown

by LLB staff reporter
21st Jun 21 11:41 am

According to new research, the UK’s economic recovery accelerated in May as tourism and recreation firms reopened.

Eleven out of 14 UK sectors reported faster growth in output month on month in May, up from nine in April, with the UK tourism and recreation sector recording the sharpest rise in output growth as British hotels, pubs and restaurants benefited from consumer demand.

Andy Marchant, Traffic Advisor at TomTom said, “After more than a year of uncertainty and intermittent lockdowns, May finally saw the UK’s economic recovery accelerate as tourism firms reopened and Brits began to regain confidence. With international travel restrictions still in place, the UK is set to be a staycation hotspot in the summer.

“TomToms latest research found that three quarters of Brits have decided it’s best to holiday at home – a trend that’s likely to persist even as restrictions are lifted. This makes driving even more essential to people’s lives as it’ll be their transport of choice when holidaying around the country this summer, with over three quarters intending to travel by motor vehicle, rather than air or rail.

“Travelling by car offers the best of all worlds when it comes to safety, convenience and freedom while on a staycation. However, with motor transport emerging as the most popular option for holiday makers, it’s likely that we’re in for a summer of congestion on British roads.

“To avoid this, it is crucial drivers take advantage of the navigation devices available, and that policymakers adopt a data-driven approach to traffic management.”

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