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19th July 2017

Number of International Tourists to UK continues to rise

Record numbers of tourists from around the world are visiting the United Kingdom during the first quarter of this year. This has no doubt been helped by the cheap sterling rate currently on offer against other foreign currencies including the US Dollar, the Japanese Yen and the Euro.

Official figures show that there were 8.3 million international visitors to the country, building on the record number of tourist in 2016. The figures for 2017 show a 10 per cent rise on the same period in 2016. Tourist spending during that period also rose by 16 per cent. Following last June's referendum and the vote for Brexit the value of the pound plunged considerably and even now after a slight recovery it is still around thirteen per cent lower than pre referendum value against the major international currencies. This makes it an ideal destination for international travellers both for holidays and for shopping. A record 54,000 visitors from China came to the country during the first quarter of the year spending £91 million. Visitor numbers from the United States rose to 641,000, a huge increase of 29 per cent on the previous year's first quarter. There have also been a record number of visitors from Australia and France in the first quarter of this year. Visit Britain states that these figures point to an even better summer in terms of visitor numbers and spending.

For a more detailed analysis click: Visit Britain