Tourism Minister Helen Grant has encouraged people to holiday within the UK in what she's coined the "staycation".
"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.
More top news
An Egyptian billionaire has offered to buy an island from Greece or Italy and develop it to host migrants fleeing war-torn areas.
The number of children having private tutoring has increased by more than a third in the last decade, according to a charity.
Girls should swap dolls for toys such as Lego and Meccano to get them more interested in science and engineering, top scientist claims.