So far this year, more tourists have visited the UK than ever before. For example, between January and June, there were 16.41 million visitors, up 8% on the same period in 2013. Similarly spending reached £8.92 so far this year, a major benefit to the economy.
In June there were 3.18 million visitors, 10% more than in June 2013, surely an amazing and unexpected figure. It is anticipated that by the end of the year, visitors to the UK will have spent well over £20 billion.
David Edwards, head of research and forecasting at VisitBritain, declared "Tourism is an essential part of the wider success of our economy and these first six months has set us up for what could be another record year for inward tourism". Helen Grant, Minister for Tourism, said the figures were fantastic, and indicate that the government's tourism strategy is working. This creates more jobs, and helps the economy generally.
We can only wait for the figures for the whole of the year, but I'm confident that this growth in tourism will continue. Hopefully more people who have visited will be encouraged to return to see and experience more. And the recounting of their UK and London adventures when they return to their home countries will encourage friends and relatives to try out the unique experience for themselves.