Plan to reinvigorate British tourism industry involves increased rail travel.

THE British government has announced plans to introduce a new rail pass to encourage domestic breaks with the aim of recovering domestic tourism to pre-pandemic levels by 2022 and international tourism by 2023.

These dates are a year faster than independent forecasts predict according to the government.

A rail pass for ‘staycationers’ will be launched later this year and is designed to build on the BritRail pass sold through VisitBritain that currently gives international visitors flexible travel across Britain as well as offering discounted entry to tourism attractions.

Pre-pandemic England looked set to hit 100m domestic overnight trips in 2020, while in 2019 there were some 41m international visitors to Britain for business or leisure, spending more than £28bn.