An increase in domestic tourism, revolving around an uncertainty in Covid-19 travel restrictions, has been witnessing high visitor numbers in the Cotswolds.
Cotswolds Tourism said that the area is extremely busy and people are appreciating “what’s on our doorstep”.
Simone Chilton, from Chester House Hotel in Bourton-on-the-Water, said that they had been “inundated with mainly British tourists” since the ending of lockdown.
Visit England had warned earlier that foreign visitor numbers might not recover for years.
Chris Jackson, from Cotswolds Tourism, said that there is a lot of interest in the Cotswolds from overseas but Visit England was not expecting numbers to go back to 2019 levels for a few more years.
As per an RAC survey, the West Country, including Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset could see a spike in tourism this summer due to people’s indecision regarding foreign holiday restrictions and quarantine requirements.
Mr. Jackson said that the Cotswolds was already experiencing an uptick in tourism as Covid-19 recovery funds had made it possible to digitally promote the area to domestic audiences and market “experiences on your door”.
58% more visits were witnessed in Cotswolds Tourism’s website compared to the same period in 2019, with record figures in May, June and July.