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Strong growth for British tourism

08 October 2004
Strong growth for British tourism

More overseas visitors came to the UK during August and they spent more money.

When compared with August 2003 their numbers rose by 12% to 3.09 million. Spending was up by 5% to £1.58b.

The increase was made up of a 3% increase in visitors from North America to 460,000, a 15% increase from western Europe to 1.97 million, and a 7% increase from the rest of the world to 650,000.

The trend echoed that of the year to date.

Visitors for 2004 are up by 13% to nearly 18.5 million, while spending has risen by 9% to £8.44b.

Visitors from North America so far are up by 14%, those from western Europe up by 12% and from the rest of the world by 15%.

Tom Wright, chief executive of VisitBritain, the national tourist board, commented: "Visitors to Britain are now exceeding levels seen prior to 11 September in terms of the number of visits, and this month for the first time expenditure is also at a record high."

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