Positive tourism figures released

2012 was the best year for UK tourism since 2008, according to new figures from VisitBritain.

Despite fears that the Olympics would seriously damage inbound tourism, there was a one per cent increase in visits compared with 2011 and a four per cent increase in spending.

Students visiting the UK on short courses are not counted separately, but the category in which they are included showed a three per cent rise over the previous year. The same category had shown a sharp drop in early 2012 and but a steep 12 per cent increase during the last three months of the year

The provisional figures from the Inbound Passenger Survey show that December was a particularly good month, with visits up 12 per cent over the previous year and growth from all parts of the world.

Click here to download a copy of the provisional IPS figures for 2012.


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