Analyst ForwardKeys, which analyses 17 million flight bookings a day, has released new figures showing a 3.5% drop in international forward bookings to London for the first half of 2018, 10.1% in the second quarter, with especially Chinese and also US forward air bookings showing a particular decline. This began early in 2017 and is likely to be a result of the fluctuation in sterling, when the pound strengthened against the US dollar and Chinese yuan. Other key EU destinations such as Paris, Rome, Amsterdam and Barcelona are forecast to grow visitor arrivals.

Meanwhile bookings to the UK from other destinations is still healthy, including Australia and New Zealand currently up around 16% and Argentina, Brazil, India, Nigeria and Russia also looking encouraging.

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