30 January 2017
Records set for inbound tourism across the UK
International tourists are travelling across English regions in record numbers, and they are spending more too. Official statistics recently released show that in the first nine months of 2016 there were a record-breaking 12.2 million visits to English regions outside London, up 4% compared to the same period in 2015.
Spend by international visitors across England’s regions also set a record during this period, up 2% to £5.9 billion. It was also a record-breaking summer for inbound visits to the English regions with 4.9 million visits from July to September 2016, up 3% on the year before. Spend by overseas visitors during the summer quarter three period reached a record £2.9 billion, up 11% on 2015.
Tourism Minister, Tracey Crouch said “This country has so much to offer tourists from both home and abroad and we want to make it even easier for visitors to experience our world-class sights and attractions. Our Tourism Action Plan and £40 million Discover England Fund is helping to grow tourism to ensure that the benefits of this important industry and felt across the country.”