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Foreign visitors spend £21.8bn in record year

Beach, Holiday visits rising in the UK - SantanderCB

A record 35.8 million visits to Britain were made by foreign tourists last year, up 20% on five years ago. Government figures show that inbound tourism in 2015 was up 4% on 2014, making it the sixth successive year of growth. There were six million more visits in 2015 than 2010. Visitors spent £21.8bn last year, in line with 2014's record-breaking figure. A record number of holiday visits was recorded (13.7 million), 1% up on 2014, as well as those visiting friends and relatives (10.5 million), up 7% on 2014. Visits for business (8.7 million) increased 6% on 2014. Tourism minister David Evennett said: 'Tourism is one of the UK's fastest growing industries and attracting more international visitors to our shores is not only important for the sector but for the nation's whole economy.' Patricia Yates, director of VisitBritain, said: 'This growth is really fantastic news for the UK economy and shows we're on track to realise our ambition to grow international visits by more than 20% to 42 million by 2020.'

 

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