Consumers are being urged to voice their opinions about moving the May Day bank holiday to October, or replacing it with a St George’s Day holiday in April.
Tourism and heritage minister John Penrose said the government would initially be using Twitter to gauge opinion on the move, which could happen as early as 2013.
However, he said proposals to move the first bank holiday in May were ‘not based on any preferred option’, and that a formal public consultation would take place later in the year.
‘Spreading out’ public holidays
‘We’ve all recently enjoyed two long four-day weekends courtesy of the royal wedding and the Easter break,’ Penrose said. ‘I’m well aware there will be many who relished the chance of taking a long extended holiday but equally many may have preferred to spread the public holidays further apart.
‘At the heart of our plans is a desire to extend the tourism season and hopefully encourage more people to holiday at home, but I’m open to all views.’
In March this year, a series of plans was unveiled in an attempt to make the UK a more attractive destination for foreign and domestic tourists.
Keep May Day holiday, unions say
Trade unions have expressed concern about scrapping the May Day holiday, as it’s traditionally a day when workers’ rights are celebrated.
A spokesperson for the Unite union told Which? Travel: ‘We’re against the May Day holiday being axed, but in favour of adding another holiday later in the year’.
If you’d like to have your say on moving the bank holiday, you can send ideas through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport website. Alternatively, join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #bankhol. You can find out more about plans to move the bank holiday here, on the Which? Conversation website.