LONDON (Reuters) – The variety of foreigners visiting Britain for tourism or work fell by essentially the most in almost a decade throughout the three months to June, exhibiting the nation couldn’t maintain the document numbers achieved a yr earlier within the wake of 2016’s Brexit vote.
FILE PHOTO: A person tries on a Union Jack-themed jacket at a memento stall in London, Aug 22, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo
The pound’s fall after Britain voted to go away the European Union in June 2016 made the nation a less expensive holiday vacation spot, boosting customer numbers within the second and third quarters of 2017 – peak holiday season – to document highs.
However, Thursday’s information from the Office for National Statistics present Britain has been unable to maintain these features, with the section of extremely price-sensitive guests probably having been exhausted.
Foreign customer numbers within the three months to June dropped by 7.7 % in contrast with a yr earlier to 10.038 million, the most important proportion drop for the reason that depths of the global monetary disaster in early 2009.
The variety of North American guests fell by 10 %, European guests dropped by eight % and there was a 6 % fall in guests from elsewhere.
Tourism, the commonest motive for a go to, was down by eight %, business journeys fell by 15 % whereas visits to see family and friends rose by 6 %.
Total spending by overseas guests fell by 10.three % in contrast with a yr earlier to five.839 billion kilos ($7.70 billion).
The ONS supplied no causes for the declining numbers.
The variety of Britons touring overseas barely modified at 19.868 million, and their spending held regular at 11.629 billion kilos. More Britons visited North America on the expense of different non-European locations.
Last yr the United Nations estimated Britain was the world’s seventh-biggest worldwide vacationer vacation spot by customer numbers, slipping one spot within the rankings behind Mexico. The most visited nation was France.
($1 = zero.7580 kilos)
Reporting by David Milliken; Editing by Mark Heinrich