Brits are taking the same number of domestic holidays than they were last year, according to the UK Tourism Survey. The survey, released by VisitEngland, showed that although the number of trips for the first half of the year did not drop, there was a change in purpose. ‘Pure holiday’ trips fell 3% and business travel dipped 1% but this was boosted by the visiting friends and relatives market by a 2% rise. In addition June saw a 5% increase compared to 2009, which is said to be influenced by a late school half-term holiday. “Last year was the best ever year for leisure tourism with domestic holiday trips up by 18% in England and 17% in the UK,” said VisitEngland Chief Executive James Berresford. “Despite a slight downturn in holiday tourism this year compared to 2009, England and the UK are still experiencing double digit growth compared to 2008.” In the past year, 125.97 million overnight trips were taken in the UK, up 7.8m compared to July 2008-June 2009.