Epsom Coaches has reported a 27% increase in the number of day trip bookings made during September compared to the same period in 2015.
The figures reflect recent research from VisitEngland showing that the number of domestic tourism day trips from January to August in England this year hit 988 million, up 14% on the same period last year.
Epsom Coaches says that October is set to be equally successful. With only a few days of the month gone, the number of bookings made has already passed 75% of the total made during the whole of October last year.
“Our September and October figures back-up the research from VisitEngland and reflect the growing interest for day trips,” say Huw Barrington, Epsom Coaches’ Commercial Director. “Our longer tours remain very popular, however, we’ve seen a marked increase in day trip bookings in the last couple of months which looks set to continue into Christmas and beyond. This is down, no doubt, to people’s busy lives and the flexibility of getting away just for the day, but also the diverse range of trips that we offer that appeal to all ages.”
For 2017, Epsom Coaches’ day trip programme, launched on 5 October at Epsom Racecourse, offers 207 trips in the UK and continental Europe, and 155 coach holidays.