Tourist spending tops £20 billion

Foreign tourist spending surges

Overseas visitors have been shelling out their travel money during trips to the UK – with record tourism levels predicted to follow in 2015

 

In 2013, the total spent by visitors to the UK crossed the £20 billion threshold for the first time; with £21.3 billion expected to have been spent in 2014, followed by £22.2 billion in 2015, VisitBritain predicted.

Numbers of visitors are also expected to increase; with 35.1 million trips expected in 2015 – a 2.5% increase on the figure of 29.8 million for 2010.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said that the sector was at the forefront of economic growth in the UK, following on from the “platform” that the Olympics, Diamond Jubilee and other events had provided two years previously.

He said Britain has heritage, sport and culture abounding for tourists to enjoy, and added that promoting Britain abroad formed part of a long-term economic goal.

Chinese tourism in particular has seen a strong showing in recent years, spending as much as £490 million in 2013 – up from £184 million in 2010 – with footfall from Chinese visitors surging by 79.1% to 196,000 .

 

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