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

Chinese visitors to Britain up nearly 40%

27 January 2016 by
Chinese visitors to Britain up nearly 40%

Visits from China leaped by 37% during the first nine months of 2015, according to new figures from VisitBritain.

A total of 214,000 visits from China took place between January and September, beating the total number of visits for all of 2014. Spend was up 4% during the same period to £435m.

The new visitor visa pilot scheme for Chinese nationals introduced earlier this month by the Government are expected to boost visitor numbers further. Chinese visitors are already some of the highest overseas spenders, spending an average of £2,688 a head. VisitBritain has ambitions to double spend from Chinese visitors to £1b by 2020.

Visitor numbers from China will rise in the coming weeks with Chinese New Year celebrations on 8 February, a prime time for Chinese travel.

Patricia Yates, director of VisitBritain, said: "China is the world's largest outbound market and a huge tourism opportunity for Britain. Chinese New Year is traditionally one of the busiest travel times for Chinese travellers and we want Britain to be at the top of their list as a must-go now destination."

VisitBritain's latest figures from the International Passenger Survey also showed strong growth from the USA in 2015, the UK's most valuable market, with visits up 7% during the first nine months of the year to 2.6million, the best figures since 2007.

Growth was also seen in visits from Germany, up 1% to 2.6 million from January to September last year, while the number of visits from France, the UK's largest market by volume, was on par with 2014's record result so far at 3.2 million. Spending by visitors from France was up 9% to £1.2b, overtaking Germany as the UK's second largest market by value to date.

Tourism and hospitality welcome China-UK visa extension >>

VisitLondon.com welcomes new visitor visa rules >>

Eastern Promise - Appealing to the Chinese market >>

Are you looking for a new role? See all the current hospitality vacancies available with The Caterer Jobs >>

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