Britain will bring back sales tax-free shopping for overseas visitors to boost the country’s flagging retail sector, finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng said on Friday.
The number of international visits to Britain continue to grow, with visitors spending more and inbound tourism setting new records for visits in the first six months of 2015 and very strong quarter two figures from the Office of National Statistics show. Britain has welcomed three per cent more visits over the first six months of 2015, beating last year’s record figures for the same period. Spending in the first six months of 2015 increased by two per cent, contributing £9.5 billion to the UK economy.
With summer finally abating and a new series of the globally popular Downton Abbey set to begin this weekend, insights from VisitBritain reveal that visiting castles, stately homes and famous buildings in Britain is now a top priority for overseas visitors. Nearly 30% of all visits to Britain include a trip to built heritage sites, with the amount spent by those who do so amounting to £6.5 billion over the entirety of their trip.
VisitBritain will launch its biggest ever film tourism campaign, centered around the release of Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s SKYFALL™, the 23rd James Bond adventure, in theatres worldwide this fall.
As the curtain closed on the Games of the XXX Olympiad, VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, released initial findings on how the hosting of the London 2012 Games has showcased Britain to the world - and how the agency plans to make the most of this opportunity.
Senior travel trade bosses from the world’s leading tourism companies are to visit major British destinations as guests of national tourism agency VisitBritain.