Recent figures from the ONS announcing a record number of overseas visitors to the UK in July has prompted a warning from KPMG that they could be creating a “false sense of security” among UK hospitality and leisure operators.

The BHA Travel Monitor has found a slowdown in growth from the 13% increase in total passenger numbers seen in the first four months of 201, with business passengers coming to the UK falling by 1.7% compared with the previous year and 2.6% to date.

KPMG’s warning includes home-grown UK customers remaining cautious about their own spend, possibly suffering from ‘bill shock’ on their return after spending more than expected due to the weak pound. Data from Kantar TNS shows that, in England, domestic day visits decreased by 11% in the three months to July 2017, citing the highest tourism taxes in Europe and and recent terror attacks.

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