New official statistics show that in the first nine months of 2017 there were a record 12.7 million visits to English regions outside London, up 4% over the same period in 2016, with international visitors spending £6.1 billion during this period.

Overseas visits to Wales were up 6% and up 14% to Scotland, while in England, the North West and the West Midlands had the largest percentage growth in overseas visits, both up 10%.

Overall, there were a record 30.1 million inbound visits to the UK from January to September 2017, up 7% on the same period the previous year.

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