NEW figures released show that it was a record April for the number of overseas visits to the UK and spend.
VisitBritain figures show that 3.7 million visits were made to the UK in April this year, up 19% compared to the same month last year and the highest April since records began. Overseas visitors spent a record £2 billion in April, 20% up on the same month last year.
The figures come on the back of a record first-quarter for inbound visits to the UK and spend. The figures bring the number of inbound visits to the UK for January to April this year to a record 11.8 million, 11% up on the same period in 2016 with visitors spending £6.2 billion, up 14% and also setting a new record.
Growth this year has been led from long-haul regions including North America with more than one million visits from January to April, up 16% compared to the same period last year.
There were a record 8.3 million visits from the EU from January to April this year, up 7% on 2016.
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