Published on : Thursday, December 28, 2017
BritainFor the first time ever in 2018, international visits to the UK are expected to surpass 40 million, as per the forecasts from national tourism agency VisitBritain, media reports stated here Tuesday.
Against the euro and the dollar, a double-digit fall of pound is constraining visits and allowing tourism to buck predictions of a post-referendum delay in the economy of Britain.
The agency explained that this year was a record year in terms of inbound tourism to the UK, with 39.9 million visits. The New Year 2018 is expected to reach 41.7 million mark, a 4.4 percent rise on this year.
Overseas visitor spending in UK is expected to reach 26.9 billion pounds (35.9 billion dollars) in 2018, up 6.8 percent in comparison with 2017, which is expected to reach 25.1 billion pounds (33.5 billion dollars) by year end.
Travelers mainly from Europe, the U.S. and China have been seen inflowing in huge numbers to buy luxury designer brands.
In the meantime, other destinations linked to popular books, films and TV programs are also anticipated to carry on attracting crowds that include the Northern Ireland locations that can be found in Game of Thrones. In 2017, events linked to the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book and the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen proved well-liked.
To quote Patricia Yates, VisitBritain’s director, “We have seen good growth this year from the U.S. and China, and are developing new products that make it easier for overseas visitors to book and explore all of Britain.”