The impact of the two banking holidays led to an increase in visitors in the last week of April by 29.5% on an annual basis, increasing by 0.7% week on week.

According to Springboard, the beginning of the week was still affected by Easter, due to the low comparable last week on Easter and Easter Monday.

At the end of the week, the number of visitors improved “significantly” compared to the previous week due to the holidays in early May.

Since Easter trips ended last week, the UK has seen a drop in attendance in coastal and historic cities and central London, although visitors to market towns and outlying London have risen.

Overall, attendance levels are still down 17.5% from pre-Covid levels in 2019. On weekdays, visitor numbers were lower than in the previous week in all three types of destinations, although there were higher decline in main streets and shopping malls than in shopping malls.

However, Springboard said the data shows that more employees are returning to their offices, with the number of visitors to regional cities in the UK increasing last week.

Early May bank holiday provides footfall boost

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