Tourism to UK falls 13%
Thursday 14 May 2009
The number of foreign tourists visiting Britain in the first three months of this year was 13 per cent lower than in 2008, and Britons made 19 per cent fewer trips abroad, official data showed today.
Foreign residents made 6.28 million visits to Britain between January and March, down from 7.19 million last year, with the biggest decline in the number of visitors from North America and eastern Europe.
Despite anecdotal reports of European shoppers taking advantage of the strong euro to pick up bargains in Britain, there were 10 per cent fewer visits from the European Union.
Overall, visitors spent £3.13 billion, virtually unchanged from last year despite the fact that sterling has lost around a fifth of its value against major currencies over the period.
Britons spent £6.76 billion on trips abroad, 13 percent less than last year, cutting visits to North America most sharply.
elephant appealThe first 23 lots in our charity auction have now gone. But there are 22 more still up for grabs
From rainforests and reefs to beaches and boat trips
The Silicon Valley awards which treat scientists like rockstars
comedy'Fresh Meat' star sees off stiff competition from Alan Carr, David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Lee Mack and Sarah Millican to win top prize
- 1 Italian court annuls prison sentence for elderly paedophile after 11-year-old victim tells investigators in Catanzaro that she loves him
- 2 Australia incest case: Deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
- 3 Woman who miscarried in private prison 'made to clean up after herself,' court told
- 4 Physicists discover 'clearest evidence yet' that the Universe is a hologram
- 5 Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white
- < Previous
- Next >
£21000 - £27000 per annum + Benefits: Corporate Traveller: We're looking for t...
£23000 - £27000 per annum + £18K & Uncapped Commission & Benefits: Flight Cent...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Flight Centre Limited: Exceptional opportunity for ...
£23000 - £27000 per annum + Award-Winning Benefits: Round The World Experts: L...