BTA study: Hoof-and-mouth keeping people away

The British Tourist Authority released new research on the public's perception of the U.K.'s hoof-and-mouth epidemic.

The BTA conducted 2,314 telephone interviews in nine countries, including the U.S., and found that people who might have gone to Britain on vacation this summer are holding back until at least next year.

Restrictions on movement and fears of bringing the livestock disease back to their home countries were among the reasons for postponing trips.

Meanwhile, Earl Spencer, the brother of the late Princess Diana, appealed to potential tourists that they not rule out a U.K. vacation because of the livestock disease, which was found in England, Scotland and Wales during the early part of this year.

The epidemic is essentially over, and 98% of all attractions in Britain are open, the BTA said.

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