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UK sees record number of overseas visits and spend in April

New figures from VisitBritain show that April was a record month for the number of overseas visits to the UK and spend.

Some 3.7million visits were made to the UK in April, up 19% when compared to the same period last year. Overseas visitors spent £2bn, up 20% on last year.

Figures from the year’s first quarter (Jan to Feb) showed there was a record 11.8million inbound visits an increase of 11% on last year and the spend was £6.2bn, up 14%.

Most of the growth in inbound visits have come from the US with more than one million visits in the first quarter, up 16% compared to the first quarter of 2016. There was also a record number of 8.3million visits from the EU an increase of 7%.

Patricia Yates, director of VisitBritain, said: “Tourism is one of Britain’s most valuable export industries and it is very encouraging to see this continued growth as we head into the peak summer season and beyond.

“We continue to drive home the message of value and welcome globally, particularly in our high spending markets China and the US and the valuable European market.”

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