October a record-breaking month for UK tourism

By Liam Garrahan contact

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Image credit: RyanKing999 / Thinkstock

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October proved to be a record-breaking month for tourism in the UK as VisitBritain announces a double-digit year-on-year increase of visits to the country, and a spend increase by international tourists.

There almost 3.4m international visits to the UK, a 12 per cent rise compared to the same month in 2014, while spending by international tourists increased by nine per cent year-on-year.

In the 10-months of the year-to-date the number of overseas visits hit 30.5m, showcasing a four per cent increase on the same period last year. Overall spending for visitors in the first 10-months of 2015 was £18.4b.

Patricia Yates, director of VisitBritain, said that the Rugby World Cup played its part.

“It’s really encouraging to see the increases in visits and spend for October particularly coming on the back of the Rugby World Cup (RWC),” she said.

“We’re working hard to drive tourism across all our nations and regions and with almost half a million international visitors having attended RWC matches and events across 11 host cities, including places which wouldn’t necessarily be on the immediate radar for many overseas visitors, we can be confident that the economic benefits from October’s record results are being felt across many of our regions."

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