Lonely Planet Writer

UK visitor numbers expected to grow this year, thanks to the weak pound

The UK has begun the process of leaving the EU, and it has been predicted that this will have a positive effect on its inbound tourism.

Buckingham Palace can expect an upsurge in visitor numbers this year. Image: The Royal Household
Buckingham Palace can expect an upsurge in visitor numbers this year. Image: The Royal Household

It is expected that overseas visitors will be attracted in greater numbers to Britain, thanks to the weak pound making it a more affordable destination.

According to Visit Britain, the numbers visiting in January already set new records at 2.85m. It reported that the UK was 11% more affordable for overseas tourists in February 2017 compared to February 2016.

There are, of course, many wonderful reasons to visit the UK, including the attraction of the Royal Family and its fairytale castles and palaces, plus the iconic landmarks and historic locations for which it is famous.

Flight bookings from now until August are already up 19%, and this pattern of growth is expected to last for the remainder of the year. 

Visit Britain’s forecast for 2017 is for 38.1 million visits, an increase of 4.0% on 2016. It predicts that £24.1 billion will be the amount of visitor spending, representing an increase of 8.1% on 2016.

The UK can expect an upsurge in visitor numbers this year. Image: Visit Britain
The UK can expect an upsurge in visitor numbers this year. Image: Visit Britain

So while the UK is leaving the EU this year, it looks like it doesn’t have to fear being lonely.

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