Published on : Friday, March 10, 2017
About 37.3 million inbound visits to the UK were recorded in 2016, which is about 3% rise than 2015. The visitors spending went up to a total of £22.2bn, in line with what they spent in 2015. Visit Britain, the body funded by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport released the data stating that North America, Canada and the US particularly drove the figures.
The US, it said, is Britain’s most valuable tourism source market, with 4.3 million visits recorded in 2016, up 7 per cent on the previous year. Precisely, more than 25.3 million visits were recorded in 2016, which is an upswing, by 4% in 2015. Taking it in perspective, the figures are about 25% rise than about the level of inbound tourism recorded in 2010.
Sports and tourism minister Tracey Crouch said in a statement that the tourism industry makes a significant contribution to the economy and they will continue to support tourism to grow the sector further and promote the UK across the world.
Payment provider Worldpay showed that spending by Chinese visitors had increased by 24 per cent year-on-year, thanks to the fall in the pound.
VisitBritain chief executive Sally Balcombe said in a statement that the strong growth in inbound visits demonstrates British tourism has continued ability to compete for international visitors and deliver economic growth across the nations and regions. Tourism is worth £127 billion annually to the UK economy, according to official figures.