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More international tourists headed to the English regions than ever befor last year. Photo: VisitEngland

English regions see spike in international tourist numbers

By Helen Gilbert

The number of international tourists flocking to English regions has hit a record level with some areas experiencing double digit growth in visitor numbers, latest figures compiled for VisitBritain have revealed.

Holiday visits in February were up 10 per cent, business travel rising by 15 per cent and those visiting friends and relatives up 19 per cent

Fruitful February: Over £1bn spent by nearly 2 million visitors

By Luke Nicholls

National tourist board VisitBritain has today welcomed a ‘bumper February’ with the latest figures from the International Passenger Survey (IPS) showing a 14 per cent rise in the number of overseas visitors and a 9 per cent increase in spend.

Over 30m tourists are expected to visit the UK in 2010

UK tourism predicted to increase in 2010

By Becky Paskin

Britain’s weak pound is expected to drive an increase in tourism over 2010 with visitors to the UK predicted to spend more than £17bn