Tourism minister on passport crisis: 'Stay at home'

Tourism Minister Helen Grant has encouraged people to holiday within the UK in what she's coined the "staycation".

Tourism minister Helen Grant encourages people to "stay at home" amid passport crisis.
Tourism minister Helen Grant encourages people to "stay at home" amid passport crisis. Credit: PA

"We have some fantastic places to visit and holiday not that far from here," she said.

"I think there's a lot to be said for the staycation".

"I think we are going to have a great summer, we are certainly going to have a great summer of sport too, there's lots of opportunities to build your holiday around a spoilt-for-choice list of events," she added.

Her comments risked the wrath of holiday makers across the country, as a backlog of 30,000 passports continued to plague travel plans, in the highest demand in applications in 12 years.

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Passport row: Tourism minister suggests holidaying at home

Tourism minister Helen Grant has suggested people caught up in the passport delay fiasco should consider holidaying at home. She said there was a "lot to be said for the 'staycation'".