UK Tourism Shows Record-Breaking Growth

UK Tourism Shows Record-Breaking Growth

New figures show more overseas visitors came to the UK last year than ever before. In 2016 there were a record 37.3 million inbound visits to the UK, up 3% from 2015.

The figures show strong growth in 2016 from Canada and the U.S., the latter Britain’s most valuable tourism source market, with 4.3 million visits, up 7% on 2015.

There were a record 25.3 million visits from the EU in 2016, up 4% on 2015.

Comparing growth during the last six years shows there were 7.5 million more visits in 2016 than 2010, an increase of 25%.

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

Inbound visits to friends and relatives saw strong growth throughout 2016 with a record-breaking 11.5 million visits, up 10% on 2015.

Latest flight booking data shows that 2017 is off to a strong start with flight bookings to the UK up 16% for February to April compared to the same period last year.

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Randy Mink

Contributor: Randy Mink

Randy Mink is the Managing Editor of Leisure Group Travel Magazine. He is based in Chicago, IL.

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