A bit of early good news before the festive season for the UK travel industry as latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) report that from July to the end of September this year, the number of Brits taking business visits abroad has risen by 6% compared to the same period the year before, and the number of business visits to the UK has also increased by 6%.

The number of holiday visits to the UK has also risen by the magic 6%, but the number of Brits going on holiday abroad has fallen by 3%, which is good news for the inbound industry.

Meanwhile, visits by UK residents to Europe fell by 8% to 43 million, while those to North America fell by 9% to 3.4 million. Visits to other parts of the world fell by 2% to 8.9 million.

Roger Smith, head of the International Passenger Survey for the ONS, said: “It does appear that there are signs that the large falls we have seen in the recent past have begun to stabilise and show some signs of recovery.

“Business visits in both directions have picked up recently. October saw a small rise in holiday visits both to and from the UK compared with the same months a year earlier.”