Visits from India to the UK rise 9%

By Emma Eversham

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The number of people visiting the UK from India rose during the first three quarters of 2013, show figures from VisitBritain
The number of people visiting the UK from India rose during the first three quarters of 2013, show figures from VisitBritain
The number of visits to the UK from travellers from India rose 9 per cent in 2103 despite the falling value of the rupee against the pound, new figures from VisitBritain have shown. 

Holiday and business visits, up 11 per cent and 14 per cent respectively, were responsible for fuelling the growth, compared to the previous year's high number of visits to friends and family and led to a record spend of £349m. 

VisitBritain, which plans to run its GREAT marketing campaign in Mumbai and New Delhi this week, says it is now 'more than likely' to surpass its aim of attracting 425,000 visits from India by 2016 and reach a target visitor spend of £380m. 

VisitBritain chief executive Sandie Dawe, who will step down from her position this summer, said: "We are fortunate that Indians are choosing Britain once again with new records broken for both spend and visits. This is testament to Britain being an inherently attractive and good value destination with a warm welcome and huge variety of locations and experiences – all of which will be showcased and sold at our mission this week.”  

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