English regions experiencing more international tourism visits

Figures released this month by VisitBritain show more international tourists are travelling across English regions than ever before with some areas showing double digit growth in visitor numbers. Not only has the amount of visitors increased but also their spending too. In the first nine months of 2015 visits to English regions outside London were up 7% on the same period in 2014 with 11.7 million visits, setting a new record. Spending by international visitors across the regions was up 4% to £5.8 billion compared to the same period in 2014. July to September 2015 was a record breaker for a quarter three period, with 4.7m visits to the English regions, an 8% increase on the same period in 2014 and beating the previous record set in 2006. The number of international visitors travelling to the North showed especially strong growth in the first nine months of 2015 with visits to the North East up 23% compared to the same period in 2014, and up 12% in the North West. Tourism Minister David Evennett said "We invested £10 million in 2015 to boost tourism in the North and these figures show that it is already making a huge difference, bringing more visitors to the area. A booming tourism industry supports local economies, brings job growth to the regions and helps cement their reputation as must-visit destinations." In the first nine months of 2015 the top three markets for visits to the English regions, outside of London, were Germany, France and the Irish Republic. Looking at longer haul markets, visits from China to the regions were up 47% to 116,000 and Canada up 20% to 241,000. Patricia Yates, VisitBritain Director said "Inbound tourism is one of our fastest growing export industries and with five years of consecutive growth in visitor numbers and record-breaking figures for 2015, it is really encouraging to see that this growth is being spread across so many of our regions."  
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