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Tuesday,  June 18, 2024 9:46 PM 

Record year for U.K. tourism in 2016

Record year for U.K. tourism in 2016

2016 was a record-setting year for U.K. tourism, with 37.3 million inbound visits. This represented a three per cent increase on the figures for 2015, with visitors spending a total of £22.2 billion.

The figures showed strong growth in 2016 from North America, Canada and the U.S. They accounted for 4.3 million visits, an increase of seven per cent from 2015. Although specific overall visitor numbers for 2016 from Canada won’t be available until spring, from January to September 2016, Canadians spent a record £505 million, up 24 per cent with visits up 12 per cent to 643,000.

Paul Gauger, VisitBritain’s interim executive vice president, commented, “We are thrilled that so many Canadians and Americans are visiting the UK again and again – whether they’re visiting friends and relatives, or exploring the culture, heritage, cities and countryside of Britain on their own.

“They are able to experience first-hand the warm welcome showcased through the global #OMGB ‘Home of Amazing Moments’ marketing campaign, as well as the benefits of the drop in the exchange rate and improved value for money.”

The figures show a boost in holiday visits to the U.K. towards the end of 2016, with a record 3.2 million visits from October to December, up 11 per cent on the same period in 2015.

Tourism is worth £127 billion annually to the UK economy.