The latest VisitBritain figures show strong growth in overseas visits and spend across the UK’s nations and regions during the first six months of 2017, with a record 19.2 million visits, up 9% over the first six months of of 2016. Spending by overseas visitors topped £10 billion for the first time in the first half of any year.

The North West region saw the highest growth at 1.5 million visits, up 14% on the same period last year, while visits to London were up 13% to 10 million, a record first six months.

Growth was driven by strong visits from inbound markets including China – also reported by our own ASAP Members – which grew 47% on the same time last year to a record 115,000.


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