Pound drop enhances UK tourism

Published on : Thursday, April 6, 2017

UK tourismThe announcements at the railway station of Bicester at Oxfordshire are now made in English followed by Mandarin and Arabic.

Bicester Village is based in this town, one of Britain’s biggest tourist draws. It has discount shopping outlet staffed by white-gloved porters in red jackets.

According to Chiltern Railways, more than a million people have passed through this local train station which began its services since 2015. Also, this place is one of the most visited places in the UK by Chinese visitors.

In January 2017, spending by international tourists in United Kingdom was 15 percent higher than 2016 followed by visits with 9 percent up as confirmed by the latest figures by the tourism officials.

Tourists in UK start looking for bargains with pound dropping sharply with Brexit vote. But it took some time to materialize as the number of people expressed that they were coming to the UK on a vacation fell 2 per cent, year-on-year. But from Christmas onward, the numbers started growing up and strong. As per ONS, from October till January, the number of holiday makers increased by 22 per cent.

To quote Darren Hopkins, buyer at Flaggs, a gift shop in nearby Oxford that sells Harry Potter and University of Oxford merchandise. “It’s been our busiest January and February for a long time. I put that down to the weaker pound.’

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