Leading UK tourism figures have called for an extra bank holiday at the end of September, to make up for the ruin of the early May long weekend by unseasonably wet and cold weather.
Bernard Donoghue, director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (Alva), said: “It was only the second bank holiday most tourism businesses have been open for in the last 14 months – and indoor attractions still aren’t open, except in Scotland.”
Members of Alva saw a 70 per cent collapse in visitor numbers in 2020, with one attraction in Warwickshire attracting an average of only two customers per day.
Mr Donoghue told The Independent: “We know tourism was hit first, hit hardest and will take the longest to recover.
“A bank holiday weekend will typically generate 15 and 18 per cent of annual income.
“Losing so many has been really disastrous. We’re asking for one more at the end of September so we can help repair our balance sheets.
“I don’t mind what it’s called, I just want it to happen.”
Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UK Hospitality, tweeted: “Hospitality and tourism has missed out on almost all bank holidays last year and the start of this…