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The latest results from the Great Britain Tourism Survey reveal a strong performance for domestic tourism in the first quarter of the year.There were 19.7 million trips recorded in England between January and March this year, the highest number of trips recorded during the first quarter for seven years.Expenditure also increased by 24 per cent in total to £3.5 billion compared to 2014.These figures are a significant improvement on last year’s figures which dipped due to the severe weather conditions and flooding at the beginning of the year.VisitEngland’s latest Tourism Business Monitor supports the findings of this month’s GBTS.Nearly half of accommodation providers and 56 per cent of attractions have reported experiencing an increase in visitors for the year to May. Looking ahead, over nine in ten of the businesses surveyed remain confident about the school summer holiday period.