A record number of overseas visitors were received by the UK in 2017 –Q2 and even UK nationals visited overseas in high numbers during the same period. Around 10.75 million overseas visitors were received by the UK in 2017 –Q2 for tourism and other purposes. This was 8% more than the previous year for the same period. It was also the highest for any calendar period ever since records are being maintained from 1980, said the National Statistics office.
19.09 UK nationals made trips as overseas visitors in 2017-Q2 which was 1% more than the previous year. It was also the highest for the second quarter so far. But it was less than the Q3 period during July to September that has summer vacations for schools, as quoted by the Indian Express.
The official figures for overseas visitors have been recently released by the National Statistics office. The fall of Sterling versus the US Dollar and Euro ever since Brexit vote has made the UK an affordable place for overseas visitors. Tourism witnessed a 20% increase and it accounts for just 50% of the visits.
Overseas visitors from North America arrived 29% more than 2016 with 1.47 million visitors. However, the number of visitors from EU was average with 7.73 million and 3%. EY ITEM Club consultants’ Economist Howard Archer said that the overseas visitors from North America have been propelled by the falling pound against the dollar.
Patricia Yates the Director of Visit Britain said that the enhanced growth demonstrates the increasing importance of Tourism industry as the chief propellant of the growth of the economy. Overseas travelers to the UK spent 6.23 billion pounds in 2017 -Q2 which was 8% more than 2016.
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