Published on : Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Tourist promotion agency VisitBritain forecasts that overseas trips to the UK will increase 6% to 39.7 million with spending up 14% to £25.7bn this year.
Britons are also holidaying at home in record numbers.
The UK has become a cheaper place to visit for overseas tourists following the fall in the value of the pound since the Brexit vote last year.
Tourism Minister John Glen said: “Tourism contributes billions to the UK economy and supports millions of jobs.”
He added that the record figures for overseas and domestic holidaymakers were “testament to our world-class attractions and the innovation of our tourism industry”.
During the first six months of this year, there were a record 23.1 million overseas visits to the UK, which is an increase of 8% over the same period in 2016.
Britain’s beaches and attractions have also attracted more domestic users with “staycations” on the rise.