Train pass for staycations: New pass makes it cheaper to travel across the country on trains under government plan to boost domestic tourism after Covid lockdowns
- The staycations rail pass launches later this year to restart tourism in the UK VK
- It will be similar to BritRail, which will allow foreign visitors unlimited train travel
- They range from £96 for two days to £568 for a month, according to Trainline
A domestic tourism rail pass will be launched later this year.
The initiative is part of a plan to revitalize the UK tourism industry and encourage people to holiday in all four countries of the UK by making travel cheaper.
It will be similar to BritRail passes that will allow foreign visitors unlimited train travel across the country.
They range from £96 for two days to £568 for a month, according to retailer Trainline, and also offer discounted entry to tourist attractions.
The move will boost Britons looking to book ‘staycations’ amid lingering uncertainty over international travel.
Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston said: ‘The tourism recovery plan is our blueprint for how the sector can better recover from the pandemic, even faster than forecasts predict.
‘I encourage everyone to rediscover the UK’s fantastic tourist offerings.’
A domestic tourism rail pass will be launched later this year that will be similar to BritRail passes that will give foreign visitors unlimited rail travel around the country (FILE PHOTO)
The government’s plan also includes a £10 million scheme whereby National Lottery players can claim vouchers redeemable at UK tourist sites between September 2021 and March 2022.
This is intended to encourage off-season travel, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced today.
Further details of the rail pass, such as costs, and lottery vouchers will be announced at a later date.
The measures aim to bring domestic and inbound tourism back to pre-pandemic levels by 2022 and 2023 respectively.
Lord Patrick McLoughlin, chairman of the tourism authority VisitBritain, said: “The UK Government’s Tourism Recovery Plan is a welcome and important step towards the recovery of the sector, recognizing the sector’s economic potential and setting clear policy direction for the future is set out and the ambitions for domestic and foreign tourism are outlined.’
Kate Nicholls, CEO of UK Hospitality, said: ‘The Tourism Recovery Plan is a hugely positive and welcome recognition of the social, economic and cultural importance of the hospitality and tourism sector.
“Not only is it our third-largest export earner, but it also delivers jobs, growth and investment at pace and scale in communities across the UK domestically.”
Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston (pictured) said the tourism recovery plan is the blueprint for how the industry can recover from the pandemic
Scotland’s Minister, Iain Stewart MP, said: ‘The launch of a new rail pass will encourage people from across the UK to come and explore our beautiful country while giving the tourism and hospitality industry a much needed boost.’
Foreign Secretary for Wales Simon Hart MP said: ‘Wales has so much to offer visitors and tourism is key to our economy.
“Measures announced today applicable in Wales show that the UK government is delivering on one of the hardest hit sectors.”
The DCMS added that there will be a ‘new focus on technology and data’, using information obtained from inbound tourists at the border to track trends and help the sector adapt its offerings.
A sustainable tourism plan will be developed to consider measures to reduce the environmental impact of travel.
The government will also discuss the introduction of a registration system for tourist accommodation in England, including hotels, B&Bs and short-term rentals booked through sites such as Airbnb.