Leicester City win scores a boost for football tourism

By Sophie Witts contact

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Leicester City win scores a boost for football tourism

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Leicester City’s historic Premier League win could provide a boost for hospitality businesses in the area with a surge in international ‘football tourists’.

The Foxes’ home city was thrust in to the global spotlight after the 5000-1 outsiders cinched their victory on Monday.

Now the win is expected to result in a rise in visits from around the world as well as the home countries of some of Leicester City’s players, including Denmark, Germany, France and Japan.

International football tourism netted the UK £684m last year,​ up 15 per cent from 2010.

VisitBritain director Patricia Yates said: “Leicester City’s fantastic win is truly the stuff of legends and has thrust the players, the fans, the city and Britain as the ‘home of football’ into the global spotlight.

“Football has mass international appeal and a global fan base of billions and we know that people like to visit the home of their sporting heroes.”

Football is the number one sporting draw for international tourists to Britain, with 800,000 visitors attending a football match during 2014.

Overall, Leicester received 155,000 international visits in 2014, up from 145,000 in 2013.

Inbound tourism is worth more than £26bn to the UK economy.

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