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Hands off our May Day bank holiday!

submited Mon 21 Mar, 2011
Hands off our May Day bank holiday!

Jurys Inn reveals 54% of Brits would prefer to keep their bank holiday in May
Only a quarter of those surveyed want it moved to take a city break in April or October

During British Tourism Week, “Exceptional Everyday City Hotels” Jurys Inn has polled over 2,000 members of the British public who take short city breaks around the UK to ask if they would like to see the May Day bank holiday moved to either April or October.  The results of the survey are announced following the release of the UK Government’s tourism strategy which includes a bid to lengthen the tourism season to earlier or later in the year. 

The survey revealed more than half of Brits (54%) would like the May Day bank holiday to remain on the first Monday in May.  Of the 2,000 people surveyed, only 24% would like to see the bank holiday moved to the October half term, with even less wishing to see it move to St George’s Day (April 23rd).

Jurys Inn has also revealed an increasing number of people are choosing to stay in the UK with almost a quarter of those surveyed planning to take a UK city break in place of their annual holiday abroad and of those, two thirds are doing it to cut costs in a tough climate.  Timings seem crucial however as an overwhelming more than half of those surveyed would prefer to take a city break in May, with only a quarter of adults opting to take a city break during April or October. 

John Brennan, CEO of Jurys Inn, commented:
“We’re keen to support any initiative the Government wants to put in place to encourage visitors at home and abroad to take a UK short break, but it seems the very people we’re trying to encourage to stay in the UK are opposed to the Tourism Minister’s suggestion that we need to move the May Day bank holiday. Jurys Inn will always offer a warm welcome and friendly service at any time of the year, but we need to make sure we listen to what the people want.”

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