Britons took more holidays in the UK during the first three months of this year compared to the same period last year, according to new statistics. Data from VisitEngland has revealed that the number of holidays taken in the UK increased 6% from January to March and 7% for England alone. The generally favourable weather had also helped attractions boost their visitor numbers by 19% and 12% in January and February respectively, although this dropped 2% in March. This decrease was also backed by an 8% slump in domestic holidays during March, due to people heading abroad for the double bank holiday weekend. Meanwhile, the rise in domestic tourism has complemented by Best Western’s 20.8% increase in bookings for the first half of this year. Room nights at the chain’s properties increased 28.6% from January to June, with sales up 20.6% for the north east. Hotels in the south west, north west and Scotland also posted healthy margins of 20.2%, 16.6% and 13.3% respectively. “We are delighted with our first half of the year results. It is a great positive message for the British hospitality industry as a whole,” said Keith Pope, director at Best Western.