UK tourist spend hits almost £4b

10 January 2007 by
UK tourist spend hits almost £4b

More than eight million foreign tourists visited the UK during September to November last year spending almost £4b, official figures released today reveal.

The 8.1m figure was an increase of 3% compared with the previous quarter and up 7% on the same period in 2006, the Office for National Statistics said.

Spending compared with the previous three months was broadly the same, but showed an increase of 8% with the same period in 2005, to £3.9b

Visits overseas by UK residents fell by 1% (to 16.7 million) when compared with the previous three months, but remained the same compared with the same period in 2005.

Spending compared with the previous three months decreased by 3%, and was 1% down on the same period a year earlier, to £8.1b.

Looking at the 12 months to November, visits by foreign tourists rose by 6% from 30.1 million to 31.9 million.

The number of visits from North American tourist showed an increase of 7% (to 4.5 million), from residents of Western Europe of 4% (to 20.4 million), and from other parts of the world of 10% (to 7.1 million).

In the same 12-month period, visits abroad by UK residents rose by 2% from 66.5 million to 68.1 million.

Visits to North America fell by 9% (to 4.5 million), visits to Western Europe rose by 2% (at 50.9 million) and to other parts of the world increased by 11% (to 12.7 million).

Eight million overseas travellers visited the UK during July to September >>

Industry data: Overseas travel and tourism >>

Sign up for daily benchmarking here >>

UK hotel industry sees double digit growth during 2006 >>

By Daniel Thomas

E-mail your comments to Daniel Thomas]( tourist spen hits almost £4b) here.

Get your copy of Caterer and Hotelkeeper every week -

[Sudoku]( "A new puzzle every day!") Join the craze and play Sudoku online!
[Newswire For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our e-mail news alerts.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking