1m Britons cancel holidays abroad

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Up to a million Britons have cancelled trips abroad and will now holiday in the UK following the 11 September terrorist attacks, according to a new survey published tomorrow. A further 700,000 people have cancelled their holidays altogether, whether in the UK or abroad, and another million have postponed trips until they feel it is safe to travel again.

Up to a million Britons have cancelled trips abroad and will now holiday in the UK following the 11 September terrorist attacks, according to a new survey published tomorrow. A further 700,000 people have cancelled their holidays altogether, whether in the UK or abroad, and another million have postponed trips until they feel it is safe to travel again.

The results of the poll, commissioned by the English Tourism Council (ETC), are broadly good news for domestic tourism, but perilous for the airline industry and overseas tour operators

According to the survey, one in 10 people are rethinking their holiday plans in the wake of the attacks. Of those, almost 20 per cent have switched to the UK from abroad. Another 15 per cent have cancelled, and 25 per cent have postponed all trips.

The survey was carried out by Taylor Nelson Sofres, who interviewed 1,000 people between 5 and 7 October.

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