Number of business trips leap in 2011

The number of business trips taken in 2011 grew by 15 per cent, according to figures released by VisitEngland.

Conference News reports this figure beat that of the number of domestic overnight trips experienced by ordinary holidaying Britons – which increased just nine per cent.

However, this wasn’t unwelcome news by any means. England’s national tourism agency also revealed that spending during 2011 was up 13 per cent year-on-year, to £18 billion.

With regards to business travel, the agency said it expects that the number of trips taken this year will be roughly the same as those in 2011. If true, this might give event planners some kind of expectation as to how many people may attend their corporate events. London may well take the lion’s share of these trips though, being the UK’s business capital.

James Berresford, VisitEngland’s chief executive seemed pleased with the figures. In a statement cited by Incentive Travel, he said: “2011 was the third consecutive year since 2009 that the number of domestic overnight trips taken in England has been above pre-recession levels.

“This, coupled with our recent ‘Day Visits’ research which revealed that 1.3 billion domestic day trips were taken in England last year, clearly demonstrates that Brits are increasingly inspired to discover the fantastic destination on their doorstep.”