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April a record month for UK visits & spend, says VisitBritain


April a record month for UK visits & spend, says VisitBritain

New figures show that it was a record-setting April for the number of overseas visits and spend to the UK, according to new figures released by VisitBritain.

The national tourism agency reports that 3.7 million visits were made to the UK in April this year, up 19 per cent compared to the same month last year and the highest April since records began.

Additionally, overseas visitors spent a record £2 billion ($3,364,957,671,450.00 CAD) in April, 20 per cent up on the same month last year.

The stats come on the back of a record first-quarter for inbound visits to the UK and spend.

Growth this year has been led from long-haul regions including North America with more than one million visits from January to April, which is up 16 per cent compared to the same period last year.

There were a record 8.3 million visits from the EU from Jan. to Apr. this year, up 7 per cent on 2016.

Strong growth has also been seen in holiday visits with a record 4.4 million visits from January to April this year, up 26 per cent on the same period in 2016, the report shows.

Latest flight booking data from ForwardKeys shows that bookings for international arrivals to the UK during the summer are currently tracking 12 per cent ahead of the same period last year. 

Visitors from Canada made 828,000 visits to the UK in 2016 – up 17 per cent compared to the previous year. This represents the highest visitor numbers since 2006. In 2016, Canadians spent £634 million ($1,066,691,581.00 CAD) across Britain – a new annual spend record.

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