August sees record spending from overseas visitors to UK

Figures out today show that August was the highest month ever for overseas visitor spending in the UK.

Overseas visitors spent £2.8 billion in August, up the per cent on the same month last year.

It was a record August for inbound visits to the UK, with 3.9 million visits, up five per cent on the same month in 2016.

There was particularly strong growth in August in visits from EU countries, the UK’s largest visit-generating region, with 2.4 million visits, up six per cent.

Today’s figures, from the Office for National Statistics, bring the total number of overseas visits to the UK from January to August to 27.1 million, up eight per cent on 2016.

Spending by visitors during this period reached a record £16.4 billion, up ten per cent on last year.