Weak pound sees surge in tourists visiting UK


The proneness of sterling was behind a surge in the number of tourists visiting the UK in the first three months of 2017, according to the Service for National Statistics (ONS).

The number of holidaymakers coming to the UK rose by 21.1% — although the tons of business visitors declined.

Overall there were a record 8.3 million visits in the post, a rise of nearly 10% on the same period in 2016.

The visitors spent £4.4bn while in the rural area, also a record amount.

But at the same time the fall in the value of the hammer did not discourage Britons from travelling overseas.

UK residents made 14.1 million unsettles abroad over the three months, a rise of 8.1% on 2016.

The decline in unequalled makes it cheaper for foreign visitors to come to the UK, but more expensive for Britons universal the other way.

Brits abroad

The number of American visitors was particularly substantial. Their numbers were up by 16%, while their spending developed 29% to £604m.

There were a record 54,000 visits from Chinese nationals, who regurgitate a record £91m, and there was strong growth in the number of Australian and French callers too.

Wales appears to have been one of the most popular destinations, with the reckon of overnight visits increasing by 28%.

But the «visitor balance of payments» remains heeled against the UK.

While visitors spent £4.4bn in Britain over the direction, Britons spent nearly twice as much — £8.6bn — on trips far. a figure that has risen by 11.7% over the past year.

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