Increasing number of "staycations" could bring potential boom period to local Derbyshire tourism

Due to restrictions put up in a response to COVID-19, “staycations” are becoming more and more popular.

Monday, 6th September 2021, 3:46 pm

What is a staycation?

A staycation is essentially a holiday within the country that you live in – hence the name. You’re on vacation, but you’re staying in the same country.

Due to travel restrictions to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic, going abroad has been made trickier at best, impossible at worst. However, there’s nothing stopping you visiting one of the UK’s many wonderful holiday destinations.

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As this is most people’s only option, the number of staycations has seen a significant rise since 2020. It’s good news for domestic tourism industries – which, of course, includes Derbyshire.

How can this benefit Derbyshire?

In 2021, the amount of British people booking holidays within the UK has risen by approximately 300% (via The Independent).

Derbyshire has plenty of great vacation spots, with the Peak District and Chatsworth House being the two of the biggest attractions. Buxton, Bakewell, Castleton and Derby also bring in plenty of tourists per year.

Furthermore, the National Tramway Museum brings a niche set of eyes to area, not to mention the abundance of breathtaking views and walking trails provided by the Peak District.

An increase in the levels of tourism can only be a good thing for the area (so long as it is managed responsibly). It could give Derbyshire's economy a handy boost, which would be good news for everyone in the county.

After COVID-19 brought the UK and its economy to a grinding halt, something like this could provide a light at the end of this long, dark tunnel.