Forecasts from national tourism agency VisitBritain indicate that 2020 is set to be a record year for inbound tourism to the UK. Spending by overseas visitors is predicted to reach a record £26.6 billion in 2020, a 6.6 per cent increase on spending in 2019.
The number of overseas visits is forecast to rise to 39.7 million, the highest ever, and up 2.9 per cent. Looking longer-term, during the last decade inbound tourism visits to the UK have grown 33 per cent when comparing 2010 to the 2020 forecast and spending by 58 per cent.
VisitBritain director Patricia Yates said: “Tourism is one of the UK’s most valuable export industries and these results show our continued ability to attract international visitors in a fiercely competitive global market. We are seeing success in growing tourism from long-haul, high-spending markets including the US, our largest and most valuable inbound market, and from markets that are crucial for our future such as China.
“Working with partners globally we are telling customers about experiences they can only have here, converting the inspiration to visit into bookings and driving growth from tourism across the nations and regions, boosting local economies.”