Hospitality Today Oct-Nov 2016 - Page 24

24 | Hospitality Today | Oct/Nov 2016 The hospitality market: figures and analysis Highest August ever for overseas visits to UK New figures show that August was a record-breaking month for inbound tourism to the UK with 3.8 million visits, up 2% on last August. Overseas visitors to the UK spent £2.6 billion in August, 4% up on the same month last year. Inbound tourism alone is worth more than £26 billion a year to the UK economy, and tourism overall is worth £127 billion. August saw strong growth from North America with 510,000 visits, up 13% compared to the same month last year. The Office for National Statistics figures also show a record-breaking first eight months of the year for visits from EU countries, with 16.8 million visits, 3% up on last year. The latest figures bring inbound visits from January to August to 25 million, up 3% on the same period last year and a record. Spending by visitors during this period was £14.6 billion. Tourism Minister Tracey Crouch (below) said: “2016 has been an incredible year for British tourism and underlined our status as one of the top visitor destinations in the world. “We continue to attract a record number of tourists from across the globe, which is not only great news for the sector, but the whole economy. “We are absolutely committed to supporting the industry, and our Tourism Action Plan and £40 million Discover England Fund will help it grow further and spread the economic benefits across the country.” A year of record growth for tourism International visitors spent an extra £800 million across the nations and regions of Britain in the last year as a result of work by the national tourism agency VisitBritain, the latest figures show. VisitBritain claimed that this showed every £1 invested in VisitBritain’s activities resulted in an overse \\]܂[[0̌[]Z[