Booming home-grown tourist market has helped push UK arrivals up to 81.7m in June – 2.6% year-on-year increase
The number of overseas visits to the UK reached an all-time high in June, according to official figures.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the number of overseas visitors made up 14.4% of the total of 81.7m.
June is traditionally one of the busiest months of the year for Britain’s tourism industry, with visitors enjoying the hottest summer for years.
Bank holidays including June 24, 24 and 30 traditionally get top billing, but June also recorded a rise in numbers of Chinese tourists coming to the UK.
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Purchases by Chinese visitors in shops in June rose from about £27.9m in June 2018 to £30.1m this year, an increase of about 17%.
In total, overall numbers of Chinese visitors to the UK increased by about 53% to 676,000 in June.
In the 12 months to June, tourist arrivals from the EU rose to 11.2m, down from 11.3m a year earlier. Arrivals from the EU were 46% below peak levels reached in January to April 2013, the ONS said.
Spain was the most popular destination among EU visitors, followed by France, Germany and Italy. US visitors were the most popular group travelling to the UK.