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Record number of visitors to UK in 2013

It’s official – the UK saw a record annual inbound spend and numbers of visitors during 2013.

The results from the Office of National Statistics show overseas visitors spent £21 billion in 2013, 13% more than the previous record breaking year of 2012 which saw £18.64 billion.

It was also a record number for tourists, with 32.89 million visits from overseas, exceeding the previous record set in 2007, which saw 32.78 million visits.

The increase is, in part, thanks to VisitBritain’s GREAT Britain campaign, said the tourist board.

Sandie Dawe, chief executive at VisitBritain said: “Not only have we managed to surpass the £20bn barrier for the very first time, but we’ve broken records for holidaymakers and visitors from key growth markets such as China and South Korea.

“Holiday figures are up across the whole of Britain with robust growth for Scotland, Wales, Rest of England and London.”

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Inbound tourism on the up

The number of visitors to the UK grew by 16% to 3.5 million in August compared to last year. 

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics also show that spending by visitors to the UK hit a record £13.7 billion in the first 8 months of the year, up by around 11% on last year.

“More people than ever from around the world are choosing to holiday in Britain, with record numbers coming from the high spending markets of Latin America, Middle East and Asia Pacific,” said VisitBritain chief executive Sandie Dawe.

Outbound tourism didn’t do too badly either, with the number of Brits deciding to go abroad for their holidays in August rising by 8% compared to last year.

Overall visits abroad in the 12 months to August grew by 2% with spending up by 4%. Holiday visits grew 2% but business visits fell by 1%, and visits to friends or relatives grew by 8%.

 

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