Record August for inbound UK tourism
New figures released show that inbound visits to the UK are up 25 million, from January to August of this year. This is an increase of 3% year-on-year with spending by visitors during this period at a record £14.6 billion.
New figures released from The Office for National Statistic have revealed that inbound visits to the UK are up 25 million, from January to August of this year. This is an increase of 3% year-on-year with spending by visitors during this period at a record £14.6 billion. The United States was a major contributor the the record breaking August with 510,000 visits. 16.8 million visitors to the UK were from EU countries which is up 3% on last year.
Tourism Minister Tracey Crouch said: "2016 has been an incredible year for British tourism and underlined our status as one of the top visitor destinations in the world.
"We continue to attract a record number of tourists from across the globe, which is not only great news for the sector, but the whole economy.
"We are absolutely committed to supporting the industry, and our Tourism Action Plan and £40 million Discover England Fund will help it grow further and spread the economic benefits across the country."
VisitBritain/VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said: “These back-to-back record-breaking figures not only underpin a longer-term pattern of growth for inbound tourism, one of our fastest growing export industries, but also demonstrate its growing importance to the UK economy.
“We’re inspiring overseas visitors to book a trip right now through our #OMGB ‘Britain, Home of Amazing Moments’ campaign, showcasing the incredible experiences on offer across our nations and regions. And we’re working with commercial partners in our key inbound markets including China and the US to convert the desire to visit into bookings.”