The November UK Day Visitor Figures for the 2016 year to November show that 2016 has been a boom year for day visitors, with visitor numbers up by 15% and spend up 11% to £54.8bn. This is an increase of £5.4bn, which is a huge boost to the rural and seaside destinations as they are usually significant recipients of day visitors.
There is, however, one unknown factor, that is the source of this expenditure. It could be that this is new tourism expenditure which would be a considerable boost for destinations and businesses, or it could be that a proportion of this additional expenditure is coming from people downgrading from Domestic overnight stays to day-trips due to pressure on their finances. This would have significant consequences for certain sectors and destinations.
Unfortunately, the GBTS figures for 2016 are still unavailable so it is not possible to know how much, if any, of this is displacement expenditure at the moment.