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Foreign tourists to spend £22 billion in UK next year
30/Dec/2014
LONDON, England - Visitors from overseas are set to earn Britain a record £22billion next year.

The figure, which will beat the milestone £20billion of 2013, will be boosted by an increase in the number of trips here from abroad.

More than 35 million visits are forecast, compared with 29.8 million in 2010.

US tourists are the biggest spenders but the number of Chinese and Mexican ­visitors has soared.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid, revealing the forecasts, said: “We will continue to champion the UK abroad.”

Spending in 2013 passed £20 billion for the first time.

As well as spending rising, the number of visits by people from overseas is expected to increase, with 35.1 million trips expected in 2015, up 2.5% on 2014 and compared with 29.8 million in 2010.

Mr Javid said: “The tourism sector is driving economic growth for Britain.

"The Olympic Games and Diamond Jubilee gave us a great platform to showcase the best of Britain but we didn’t stop there and have kept up the momentum in the last two years.

“Britain has so much to offer tourists with our stunning countryside, great heritage and world-class sport and culture.”

The Government is also encouraging more visitors from Mexico to come to Britain in 2015 - which is also the Year of Mexico - in which both countries look to showcase their best culture, arts and creative industries.
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