London 2012 sculpture by Flickr user fatedsnowfox

VisitEngland is heading a campaign with an online travel company to give domestic tourism a push as the country prepares for the royal wedding, the queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics.

28th February is the launch of the “no passport required” campaign  which will showcase all that England has to offer, encouraging Brits to holiday at home with weekend breaks, trips to London and country retreats.

UK managing director of Lastminute.com Mark Maddock said: “2011 is set to be a really exciting year for Britain. Indeed our recent Holidays Unpacked travel report found that almost a third (29%) of Britons plan to holiday in the UK this year, proving that the staycation trend is here to stay.”

VisitEngland’s chief executive James Berresford added: “There’s nowhere finer for a short break than England.  Together we are creating an offer that will be difficult to refuse. Exciting attractions, quality accommodation, and fantastic summertime events and festivals coupled with a great deal – there’s really no excuse to leave the country.”