Tourism still in post-Games bounce
According to national tourism agency, VisitBritain, the UK tourism industry is still benefitting from last year’s Olympic Games. The latest figures from the International Passenger Survey confirmed that in the first half of 2013 Britain attracted 15.2m visitors (up 4%) and spend across this period was a record £8.7bn (up 11%). Over 2.89m overseas visitors were welcomed in June alone, up 12% compared with the same month last year.
Overseas Director at VisitBritain, Keith Beecham, said, ‘This is the second consecutive month we have seen record visits and spend, while the first six months of the year have also delivered a record. In June the UK welcomed more than a visitor every single second (67 overseas visitors a minute). If this trend continues it would see us welcome one overseas visitor every second of every day of every week of every month of the year. This is great news for the economy and a further sign that tourism is delivering growth across the country.’