International visits to Britain from January to September of this year have broken previous records according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.
Words: Tessa Ross, Subeditor: Eireann Beardon
There were 27.1 million visits to Britain during the first nine months of 2015. These figures show a 3% increase in comparison to the same period last year.
Tourism in our own country can be very beneficial. The overall spending by visitors to the U.K. from January to September 2015 was £16.5 billion. Tourism spending does wonders for our economy and so it’s only a good thing that this figure is so high.
VisitBritain director Patricia Yates said: “It’s really great to see the continued growth in visitor numbers as well as the gains we’ve made in global perceptions of our brand. Promoting Britain’s countryside, culture and ‘welcome’ around the world have been a focus for VisitBritain so it’s really positive to see the big improvements in these areas”.
As so many people travel to the U.K. from around the globe, it makes you realise how many great places there are to see in our very own country. A lot of international tourists come to the U.K. with London as their main place to see. But those staying in the U.K. for a longer period of time can make the most our beaches, the countryside and other cities.
The beaches in Cornwall, the Lake District and the Norfolk Broads are just some of the places we should treasure. During the recession Britain saw the rise of the ‘staycation’. London is a top location for weekends away among Brits. So for us it’s a good idea to escape the city every now and again and see what else the U.K. has to offer.