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UK regions draw ever more tourists

UK regions draw ever more tourists

International tourists are travelling across English regions in record numbers, and they are spending more too. Official statistics released today show that in the first nine months of 2016 there were a record-breaking 12.2 million visits to English regions outside London, up four per cent compared to the same period in 2015.

VisitBritain signs Hainan Airlines partnership to boost Chinese visitor numbers

VisitBritain signs Hainan Airlines partnership to boost Chinese visitor numbers

VisitBritain has celebrated its milestone partnerships with Hainan Airlines and Alitrip, Alibaba group’s tourism arm, in China. Both partnerships have been established to attract more Chinese visitors to Britain. UK secretary of state for culture, media and sport Karen Bradley and VisitBritain director Patricia Yates earlier met with senior executives from Hainan Airlines and Alitrip as part of the fourth UK-China People to People Dialogue.

Britain breaks August visitor number record

Britain breaks August visitor number record

New figures released today show that it was a record-breaking August for inbound tourism to the UK with 3.8 million visits, up two per cent on the same month last year. Overseas visitors to the UK spent £2.6 billion in August, four per cent up on the same month last year. August saw strong growth from North America, which includes the US – the UK’s most valuable visitor market – with 510,000 visits, up 13 per cent compared to the same month last year.