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Weaker sterling helps boost the number of visitors to UK, up 7% in June

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The big increase in visitors from North America, from 483,000 in June of 2016 to  650,000 this year, was “clearly buoyed by the sharp drop of the pound” The big increase in visitors from North America, from 483,000 in June of 2016 to 650,000 this year, was “clearly buoyed by the sharp drop of the pound”

The number of visitors to the UK rose to 3.5 million in June, up 7% from the same month last year, according to official figures. The number of visitors from North America shot up by 34%, and visitors overall spent £2.2bn, a rise of 2%, the UK Office of National Statistics, ONS, said.

 The increase comes as the weak pound makes the UK more affordable for visitors, but also follows terror attacks in London and Manchester. Meanwhile, UK residents took a June record of 7.2 million trips abroad, up 4%.

However, with the fall in the value of sterling putting them at a disadvantage, the amount they spent leapt by 15% to £4.6bn.

The big increase in visitors from North America, from 483,000 in June of last year to 650,000 this year, was “clearly buoyed by the particularly sharp drop of the pound against the dollar since mid-2016”, according to Howard Archer, chief economic adviser to the EY Item Club. The number of visitors from Europe rose by 2% to 2.241 million.

The best month so far this year was April, with 3.7 million visitors coming to the UK - up 19% from a year earlier. Over the April-to-June quarter the number of visitors from overseas rose to 10.75 million, up 8% from the same period a year earlier.

But while holiday visits were up by 20% to 4.7 million over the same three months, business visits were down by 4% at 2.4 million.

VisitBritain director Patricia Yates said: “Tourism is one of Britain's most valuable export industries and this continued growth demonstrates the industry's increasing importance as a key driver of economic growth across our nations and regions”.

UK Office of National Statistics.

Categories: Economy, Tourism, International.

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  • Kipper

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Aug 21st, 2017 - 04:43 pm 0
  • Clyde15

    The question is why you keep posting on this site when you obviously don't have anything to say and you appear mentally deficient. Please explain.

    Aug 22nd, 2017 - 05:28 pm 0
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