Visitors to the UK spent £2.3 billion in October
2019, the highest ever for the month and
19% more than in October 2018.
During the month, there were 3.4 million overseas
visitor arrivals to the UK, a rise of 3% on October 2018.
These latest statistics from VisitBritain show
that it was a record-breaking August to October period for both
overseas visits to the UK, and for visitor spending.
was the highest month ever for both inbound visits and spending,
and only the third time ever that the four million mark for
inbound visits to the UK has been surpassed in a single month.
Quarterly data shows strong
growth in spending and visits from the US, the UKís largest and
most valuable inbound tourism market.
Visitors from the US spent a
record £3.4 billion in the UK between January and September 2019, up
23% on the same period in 2018. A record 3.5
million US arrivals visited the UK during that time, an increase
of 13% y-o-y.
There were also a record number of visitor
China between January and September 2019 with 321,000
people, an increase of 8% on the same period in 2018. Spending
by those arrivals during this period jumped 11% y-o-y to £553
VisitBritain Director, Patricia Yates, said, ďThese
record-breaking figures underpin a longer-term pattern of growth
from our long-haul high spending markets, demonstrating Britainís
continued ability to compete internationally for visitors in a
fiercely competitive global environment. The results also
reinforce tourismís importance as a driver of economic growth and
its role in promoting a positive, welcoming image of Britain
globally. Working with partners we are telling customers about
experiences they can only have here, converting the inspiration to
visit into bookings and encouraging visitors to discover more of
the country, boosting local economies.Ē
These latest figures bring the number of overseas
arrivals to the UK from January to October to 32.8 million, up 2% on
the same period in 2018 with visitors spending rising 8% to £21.2 billion.
Looking ahead, VisitBritain has predicted that
spending by visitor arrivals to reach a record £26.6 billion this
year, a 6.6% increase on the expected spending in 2019 of £25 billion.
The number of overseas arrivals to the UK is
forecast to rise to 39.7 million in 2020, the highest ever.
Tourism is now worth an estimated £127 billion to
the UK economy.
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