New figures out today show a record-breaking November for inbound tourism visits and spend to the UK.
There were 3.1 million inbound visits to the UK in November 2016, up 17% on the same month in 2015. Overseas visitors spent £1.7 billion, up 14%.
Today’s figures from the Office for National Statistics show that from January to November 2016 the UK saw 34.5 million visits, up 3% on the same period in 2015 with visitors spending £20.4 billion, up 1%.
Strong growth was seen in November last year from North America (Canada and the US,* the latter Britain’s most valuable tourism source market) with 300,000 visits, up 28% compared to November 2015.
It brings total visits from North America for January to November 2016 to 4 million, up 6% on 2015.
There were 23.3 million visits from the EU for January to November 2016, up 4% on the same period in 2015.