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.