Travel booking specialists have added their weight to a growing consensus that UK holidays are on the rise. Citing environmental concerns, Lastminute.com claimed that people were choosing to holiday in the UK – and were offsetting their flights within the UK and further afield in increasing number.
A recent survey from holiday site CityBreaks-Direct.co.uk found that Edinburgh and Dublin featured among the top ten city break destinations for UK holiday-makers, reflecting the growing popularity of simpler trips closer to home that involve a lower carbon footprint.
John Bevan, managing director of Lastminute.com UK, said: "The UK is becoming increasingly popular for us and our product is reflecting that. Our customers are increasingly concerned by environmental issues and they offset their flights when booking flights. We have a carbon offsetting scheme called carbon-wise which is popular, as over one in ten of our customers choose to offset".
Savills estate agency estimated that as many as 365,000 UK households own a second home in Britain, with travellers able to take advantage of a range of short internal flights and options for offsetting their travel.