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Tuesday,  June 18, 2024 9:24 PM 

VisitBritain eyes a record year for tourism in 2014


VisitBritain eyes a record year for tourism in 2014

VisitBritain is expecting 2014 to be another record year for tourism, based on new figures released for the first eleven months of last year, beating VisitBritain’s original growth forecast.

During January to November 2014 there were 32.4 million visits to the UK, seven per cent more visits recorded than at the same juncture in 2013. These overseas visitors spent just over £20 billion, ­­three per cent more than in the eleven months to November in 2013.

Figures suggest that there have been 13 million holiday visits to the UK over the eleven months to November 2014, passing the previous annual holiday visit record of 12.7 million in 2013.

VisitBritain set its 2015 forecast to suggest that there will be 35.1 million visits in 2015 generating visitor spending of £22.2bn - an increase of 2.5 per cent in volume and 4.5 per cent in value. These spend figures would be a new record and break the £22 billion barrier for the very first time.

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