Travel related industries have boosted growth in the services sector, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The ONS said gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.1% in February 2022, following 0.8% growth in January 2022.
The service sector grew by 0.2% and was the main contributor to February’s growth in GDP. This was partially offset by production, which fell by 0.6% and construction, which fell by 0.1%.
The ONS said: “The services growth in February 2022 was mainly driven by tourism-related industries with increases in both travel agency, tour operator and other reservation service and related activities (growing 33.1% on the month), and accommodation (growing 23% on the month).”
ONS Director of Economic Statistics Darren Morgan said: “The economy was little changed in February with the easing of restrictions for overseas travel – and increased confidence in booking holidays in the UK – triggering strong growth in travel agencies, tour operators and hotels.”