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UK welcomes 12.2 million visitors to the UK regions in 2016

UK welcomes 12.2 million visitors to the UK regions in 2016

Record numbers of tourists travelled to the UK regions outside of London from January – September 2016. This figure was a 4% increase on the same time period in 2015, spending rose by 2% to £5.9 billion.

The summer of 2016 was also a record breaking period for inbound visits to English regions with almost 5 million visits from July to September – up 3% year on year.

Spending by visitors reached a record £2.9 billion, up 11% on 2015 figures. Visitors from France and Germany took most trips to regions across the UK – with Americans and Canadian visits also up.

Overall arrivals into the UK were up 2% in 2016 between January – September vs the figures from 2015, with a record 28.1 million visitors. Both Wales and Scotland also saw boosts in the number of tourists spending money in their regions.