Government promotes staycations

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

The government has recently launched a campaign to promote tourism throughout the UK. With a number of famous faces on board, including Stephen Fry, Rupert Grint and Julie Walters, the new TV advert hit the screens yesterday.

The £5 million campaign is not just trying to attract foreign visitors but boost the ‘staycation’ industry.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "With so much going on, this is the perfect time to make the most of the UK and take your holiday here. 2012 is going to be a year like no other in our history, with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics.”

In a bid to encourage people to visit the UK and stay here for holidays, a website, VisitEngland, is offering 20.12% discount on accommodation, restaurants, attractions and transport around the country.

This includes offers at the Eden Project, Chatsworth House and The National Maritime Museum.

A growing number of Brits are taking holidays in the UK as a cheaper alterative to going overseas.

The benefits of prepaid credit cards

When planning for a budget holiday it could be worth taking out a prepaid credit card.

Prepaid cards are a great way of managing your personal finances. They work much like a pay-as-you-go mobile phone where you top up your card and you cannot use any more cash than the amount on the card. There are no overdrafts and prepaid cards are not attached to bank accounts.

You can use prepaid cards all over the world whether you’re holidaying in the UK or overseas.

The Orange prepaid credit card is an ideal place to start when looking for prepaid credit card. It cost £5 to buy, however it is free to transfer cash and you can use the card online. You can use prepaid credit cards in shops and keep track of your day-to-day spending.

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