9 January 2018
2017 was a record year-to-date for inbound tourism to the UK, with growth set to continue in 2018 according to forecasts from national tourism agency, VisitBritain.
Overseas visits to the UK are forecast to break through the 40 million mark for the first time in 2018, reaching 41.7 million. These figures will be up 4.4% on 2017 which expected to see a huge 39.9 million visits. Spending by overseas visitors to the UK is forecast to reach £26.9 billion in 2018, up 6.8% on 2017 which is expected to total £25.1 billion by year end.
Patricia Yates, Director at VisitBritain said “Tourism is one of the UK's most valuable export industries. It is also a fiercely competitive global industry and these results not only demonstrate Britain’s continued ability to compete internationally for visitors, they are testament to tourism’s importance as a driver of economic growth."