Fruitful New Year for UK Tourism

Published on : Saturday, March 15, 2014

images13With a boost in foreign visitors’ arrival and a distinct increase in their spending UK tourism is enjoying a plentiful start to the New Year.

A report says, in January 2014, the UK observed 2.41 million foreign visitors – a rise of 8% on January 2013 which was mainly a snowy month.


These visitors made £1.39 billion expenditure during their January 2014 trips to the UK – a 12% increase on the January 2013 figure.

“After welcoming a bumper 2013, we’re continuing to see substantial growth from overseas visitors, particularly those coming from our high-volume European neighbours”, VisitBritain strategy and communications director Patricia Yates said.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 2013 was an exceptionally fruitful year which experienced overseas guests spending top the £20 billion mark for the first time.


It also said that UK people made 3.62 million foreign visits in January 2014 – a 4% rise on the January 2013 total.

Visits to North America grew 11% in the first month of this year. But spending by these UK people during their foreign trips dipped 9% to £1.89 billion in January 2014.




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