Published on : Thursday, July 27, 2017
Around 3.7 million visitors came to the UK in April, which is an increase of 19% from the previous year and the highest April figures in record. Overseas visitor spending hit £2 billion, which is another record.
For many communities, tourism is the mainstay of their economy. For many areas, tourism holds huge untapped potential.
Mr. Glen said that he will work with key partners across the sector to protect and strengthen the industry. Working together can increase the number of domestic and international visitors to the whole of the UK.
Mr. Glen said that he is very much looking forward to the announcement of the second round of successful bids and getting out across the country to hear about how this fund is making a difference.
He said that the historic buildings, architecture, museums, theatres and arts venues of the UK help to draw in visitors, and he said that as a government and a sector, it is important to say the story of all parts of the UK.
Recently published research shows that in the first quarter, hotel occupancy was up 13.8% compared to 2016. Strengthening tourism is not only a priority of mine but a longstanding commitment of the government. Mr. Glen said that tourism will grow in importance in the years ahead and continue to be a major economic driver for the whole of the UK.