With everything that’s been going on in recent months, you probably haven’t thought too much about the fact that three of the UK’s bank holidays fell while the country was in full lockdown, and the second May bank holiday landed just as restrictions were beginning to be eased.
But there is the possibility that the government could create an extra bank holiday in the UK in October this year, to help give the country’s tourism and leisure sector a boost.
VisitBritain proposed an additional bank holiday in 2020, the Guardian reported, and now the deputy chairperson for the Centre for Economics and Business Research Douglas McWilliams has suggested it could provide a £500 million boost to the nation’s economy this year.
Mr McWilliams said that, because of the “period of enforced abstinence” people have undergone during lockdown, an additional bank holiday later in the year could lead to “double the usual boost”.
The Derbyshire Telegraph recently reported that culture secretary Oliver Dowden has since lent his support to the idea, telling the Commons that he is discussing the proposal with the business secretary.
Many businesses in the UK’s tourism industry are expecting to struggle this year after missing out on the busy Easter period and May half-term holiday, not to mention many being unable to capitalise on the warm and sunny weather the country experienced for much of last month.
Mr Dowden said: “One of the challenges we will have is getting the sector up and running as strongly as possible in the summer and extending it for as long as we can.”
If you’re planning a UK-based holiday this year rather than heading overseas, consider the wonderful attractions and scenery you could explore in the Peak District from a Castleton B&B.