Record 23.1m overseas visits to UK in 2016-17

-A Monitor Report 1 Nov, 2017  |    -      +
London : UK has generated am extra £872 visitor spending last year a result of work by national tourism agency VisitBritain/Visit-England, according to 2016-17 annual review figures.

This means for every pound invested in the organisation, £20 of additional visitor spend was generated for the economy.

From January to July this year there were a record 23.1 million overseas visits to the UK, up 8 per cent on the same period last year with visitors spending £13.3 billion, up 9 per cent.

And VisitBritain is forecasting that overseas visits to the UK will increase 6 per cent to 39.7 million in 2017 with spending up 14 per cent to £25.7 billion by the end of this calendar year.

Brits are also taking more holidays at home. From January to June this year, domestic overnight holidays in England rose 7 per cent to a record 20.4 million with visitors spending £4.6 billion, up 17 per cent and also a record.

John Glen, Minister for Tourism, UK said, "Tourism contributes billions to the UK economy, supports millions of jobs and is the lifeblood for many communities across the country. We have seen record-breaking inbound visits and spend this summer, which is testament to our world-class attractions and the innovation of our tourism industry.

Steve Ridgway CBE, Chairman, British Tourist Authority said, "Tourism is an economic powerhouse, worth £127 billion annually to the economy and a job creator right across Britain.”

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