Visits to United Kingdom rise amid fall in pound

Lloyd Doyle
August 19, 2017

While in the United Kingdom, the visitors spent 2.2 billion pounds, a rise of 2 percent.

The Office for National Statistics said 7.2 million visits to other countries were made by United Kingdom residents in June, compared with 6.8 million in June 2016 - an increase of 4%.

United Kingdom residents made considerably more visits overseas though, racking up 7.2m in June, an increase of four per cent against the same month a year ago, and spent £4.6bn while they were away.

The aggregate real disposable income of United Kingdom households has fallen for three quarters in a row for the first time since the 1970s, according to the Office for National Statistics.The ONS said that the inflation-adjusted compensation of the household sector fell 1.4 per cent in the first three months of 2017, reflecting spiking inflation and weak pay growth. Overseas visitors spent a record £10.6bn, up 11% on 2016.

Tourism is one of Britain's most valuable export industries and this continued growth demonstrates the industry's increasing importance as a key driver of economic growth across our nations and regions. "We have already revised our forecast upwards for 2017". Considering specific markets, bookings from China are up 20% and the United States up 23%.

A spokesman at Visit Britain, said the influx of USA tourists over the past year was largely down to a "Brexit effect".

Tourism is worth £127bn annually to the United Kingdom economy, creating jobs and boosting economic growth across its nations and regions.

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