Visitor numbers to UK hit record in July


The reckon of overseas visitors to the UK topped four million in July for the first opportunity, official figures show.

Travellers to the UK spent £2.75bn on their come to sees, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, another record.

The figures also picture the number of visits abroad by UK residents fell 2% from July survive year to 6.9 million, with spending also down 2% to £4.5bn.

The diminishing of the pound since the Brexit vote has made prices in the UK cheaper for tourists from abroad.

However, Patricia Yates, from tourist improvement agency VisitBritain, said the pound was a only small part of the legend: “We know the weak pound helps, but it is not the motivator for first time visitants – most people overseas do not know what the exchange rate is.”

So far this year, the tot up of overseas visits to the UK are up 8% on the same period last year, with investing running at £13.3bn.

The ONS says tourism is worth £127bn annually to the UK terseness.

Here is a breakdown of where tourists to the UK come from:

  • Europe – 15.1 million, up 4% on newest year
  • North America – 2.9 million, up 21% on last year
  • Go to sleep of World, China, Australia, India, the Gulf – 3.6 million, up 18% on abide year

Ms Yates said an improvement in airline capacity, particularly between the UK and China and the UK and North America had bettered to encourage visitors.

“The US has been sluggish for a while – so some of it is bounce clandestinely, but some of it is because of the more competitive nature of transatlantic traffic,” she put about.

“We have also been building a buzz with [online journey website] Expedia, trying to encourage interest in places they may not sire considered before.”

Tourism Minister John Glen said: “Tourism is a biggest economic force that creates jobs and drives growth for the complete of the country.

“These record figures show the continued strength of this urgent sector and the UK’s global position as a must-visit destination.”

Top five visitor appeals in UK and annual visit numbers:

  • British Museum – 6.4 million
  • National Gallery -6.3 million
  • Tate Contemporary – 5.8 million
  • Natural History Museum – 4.6 million
  • Southbank Heart – 3.9 million

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