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Published on : Monday, October 24, 2016
Wales has surpassed the other nations of the UK in terms of its overseas tourists and the local government is pleased with the current developments of this country in this regard. So far, this nation has reported the highest number of international tourists who have visited this region in the initial six months of 2016 compared to 2015, as revealed by the latest data.
The figures released by the Office for National Statistics indicate that about 4,50,000 foreign trips had been undertaken to Wales in the first two quarters of the year 2016.
This marks an increase of 59,000 on the same period in 2015.
However, Scotland and England witnessed a rise of about 2.5% each. This means that Wales is on its way to reach one million international visitors for the very first time. However, it is also believed that the significant increase in tourist numbers last year might have been a consequence of the Rugby World Cup that had been held in the months of September and October.
In addition, there was also a marked increase in the amount of money spent by overseas tourists in Wales between January and June end.
Scotland witnessed a bigger increase but then England and UK as a whole saw a decline in the spending by tourists. The highest rise in overseas expenditure to Wales amounted to 33% and that came from 13 nations that have joined the European Union of late. The countries include Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Estonia, Czech Republic and Croatia.
Ken Skates, the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure said that Wales is well on its way to witness a growth of about 10% in the field of tourism by 2020.
Russell George, the spokesperson for economy and tourism said that they are overjoyed to discover the increase in overseas tourists to Wales. He said that the government of Wales would walk the extra mile to attract more foreign tourists. For instance, the government would work with the Cardiff Airport and try to provide more routes that connect Wales to major economic hubs.