VisitBritain predicts one million extra international visitors in 2013

31 December 2012 by
VisitBritain predicts one million extra international visitors in 2013

International tourism to Britain is expected to grow by 3% in 2013, according to national tourism agency VisitBritain.

This equates to almost one million extra visitors to the UK next year. The spending potential of the 32 million forecast to visit could be as much as £19b while here, representing record annual growth of 2.5%.

The prediction follows what the agency described as a "spectacular year" of events that attracted a global audience and VisitBritain has identified a number of similar events to come in 2013.

Patricia Yates, director of strategy & communications at VisitBritain, said: "While 2012 had the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the London 2012 Games, next year will offer visitors a broader taste of what makes Britain one of the most visited destinations in the world.

"Whether it's relaxing in our countryside, indulging in our food, culture and heritage, or taking in a sporting or musical event, no matter what type of travellers you are or what tastes you have, there are plenty of experiences to enjoy in Britain next year."

VisitBritain has compiled a list of things to attract visitors in 2013, which includes:

1) Year of Natural Scotland
2) 150 years of the London Underground
3) 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
4) Derry UK City of Culture
5) The opening of the view from the Shard
6) 100th Anniversary of the Chelsea Flower Show
7) Champions League Final hosted at Wembley Stadium
8) Great British Cheese Festival
9) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical opens, directed by Sam Mendes
10) Queen Elizabeth Park opens.
11) Glastonbury festival returns following a break in 2012
12) David Bowie exhibition at V&A
13) Royal Baby celebrations

You can view the full report on 2013 events here >>

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By Janie Stamford
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