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More Britons holiday in England

This year's milder, and later, Easter has boosted domestic tourism, figures from VisitEngland have shown.

A total of 3.8 million domestic holiday trips were taken in England by Britons in April - a 10% increase on the same period last year, with tourism spending up 5%.

Following a recovery after the severe flooding in the early part of the year, domestic holiday trips for the first four months of this year were on a par with 2013, while spending rose 6%.

A VisitEngland survey has shown 90% of businesses were confident about the summer following strong bookings. More than 70% of accommodation providers reported strong bookings for the rest of the school holiday period.

VisitEngland chief executive James Berresford said the findings demonstrated "the resilience of the tourism industry following the impact of the extreme weather earlier this year".

He said: "We have seen the trend to holiday at home soar in the past five years and it's a trend we're confident will continue."

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