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UK sees record number of tourists in 2017

The country welcomes 23.1 million visitors from overseas

The UK saw a record number of inbound visitors in this year, with figures up 8% compared to 2016.

The figures, announced today (10 October) at VisitBritain/VisitEngland’s 2016-17 annual review, showed that from January to July this year there were 23.1 million overseas visits to the UK, with visitors spending £13.bn, up 9%.

This means for every pound invested in the tourism agency £20 of additional visitor spend was generated for the economy.

VisitBritain is forecasting that overseas visits to the UK will increase 6% to 39.7 million in 2017 with spending up 14% to £25.7bn by the end of this calendar year.

Brits are also taking more staycations. From January to June this year, domestic overnight holidays in England rose 7% to a record 20.4 million with visitors spending £4.6bn, up 17% and also a record.

John Glen, UK Minister for Tourism, said: “Tourism contributes billions to the UK economy, supports millions of jobs and is the lifeblood for many communities across the country. We have seen record-breaking inbound visits and spend this summer, which is testament to our world-class attractions and the innovation of our tourism industry.

“Internationally we are performing strongly in a hugely competitive market and I will continue to work closely with the sector to maintain growth, get the best possible deal as we exit the EU and retain the UK’s position as the must-visit destination.”

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Shekina Tuahene

Shekina is a multimedia journalist who has lived in London all her life. She is an alumnus of University of Greenwich and Brunel. Shekina loves to read, travel, socialise and listen to music. If you have any story or feature ideas, feel free to drop her a line.

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