United Kingdom Sets New Tourism Record for 2015
PHOTO: Salisbury Cathedral. (Photo by Gabe Zaldivar)
When traveling internationally, one of the top destinations is the United Kingdom, and British tourism set a new record in 2015.
According to VisitBritain.com, the United Kingdom set a new record for inbound tourism with 35.8 million visits last year, a four percent increase over the 2014 results. The record numbers also mark the sixth consecutive year of growth for British tourism.
While the year-to-year numbers have improved, the five-year numbers have made a huge jump, increasing an astonishing 20 percent from 2010. The number of visitors from North America also climbed, as the U.K. registered 3.9 million visits, an eight percent increase over 2014.
The visitors are also spending big money while in the U.K., as VisitBritain.com is reporting £21.8 billion (roughly $31.26 billion) was spent by inbound tourists, a number that matches the all-time record set in 2014.
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Tourism Minister David Evennett released a statement about the increase in inbound tourism:
“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. These record figures show how our incredible mixture of stunning countryside, world-class sport, historic buildings and thriving cities continue to be a major draw for tourists.”
VisitBritain Director Patricia Yates also released a statement, saying, “This growth is really fantastic news for the UK economy and shows we’re on track to realize our ambition to grow international visits by more than 20 percent to 42 million by 2020, which could see an additional £4.5 billion in visitor spend, as well as driving tourism across all our nations and region so its benefits are felt across the whole of Britain.”
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