Official statistics released today show that international tourists are travelling across English regions in record numbers, and they are spending more too. In the first nine months of 2016 there were a record-breaking 12.2 million visits to English regions outside London, up 4% compared to the same period in 2015, with spend up 2% to £5.9 billion.

International visits were up 12% in both Wales and Scotland, with spend up 9% and 12% respectively, while English regions outside London saw an increase of 3% in visitor numbers and 11% on 2015 in spending.

Visits across the UK from the US were up 3% with spend up 9%, while visitors from Germany spent £1.2 billion, also up 9%. Visits from the United Arab Emirates were up 3% and spend up 14%.

Inbound tourism is worth more than £26 billion to the UK economy.

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