The number of domestic travellers in the UK in the first half of 2010 has dipped by three per cent compared to the same period last year.
Figures released by tourist body VisitEngland also suggest that UK business trips fell slightly, by one per cent, on January to June 2009, although the number visiting friends and relatives rose by two per cent.
The news comes as small hospitality businesses were warned to prepare for another freezing winter .
However, VisitEngland remained optimistic that the industry is continuing to boom, with overall UK travel figures for January to June 2010 matching the bumper year experienced in 2009.
James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland, said: “Last year was the best ever year for leisure tourism with domestic holiday trips up by 18 per cent in England and 17 per cent in the UK.
“Despite a slight downturn in holiday tourism this year compared to 2009, England and the UK are still experiencing double digit growth compared to 2008. The industry should be proud of sustaining strong and consistent figures especially in view of a World Cup and ongoing economic uncertainty.”
According to VisitEngland, 125.97 million overnight stays were taken in the UK over the past 12 months, 7.8 million more than in the June 2008 to June 2009 and representing an increase of seven per cent.