Tourism in the U.K. will remain strong in the summer of 2017, as offshore tourists plan to take advantage of a weaker pound, according to data from ForwardKeys.
Despite recent terror attacks, visitors from China and the U.S. will particularly drive the growth. A 10 per cent year-over-year increase in long-distance flights to the European country between July and August represented the growth, the data reported.
Even if the winter season is far away, booking ski chalet holidays for 2017 before then may be a great idea while prices remain low. For now, the British tourism sector has seen the expected return of American tourists as good news, according to Patricia Yates, director of VisitBritain.
Fewer tourists from the U.S. paid a visit after 9/11, so the industry expects more business from the arrival of more Americans since they are big spenders, Yates noted. ForwardKeys data showed that flight bookings from the U.S. increased 19 per cent between July and August year over year.
On the other hand, bookings from China rose 29 per cent in the same period. Unlike Americans, Chinese tourists prefer shopping in London, as they are expected to spend more than £1 billion this year compared to around £500 million in 2013.
Projected numbers for summer tourism in the U.K. continues from the previous season, 3.7 million overseas visitors travelled to the country in April, according to the Office for National Statistics. This number represented a 19 percent increase year over year.
The record number of tourists also spent 20 percent more compared to the same month in 2016, amounting to £2 billion. So far this year, visitors from Canada, China and the U.S. helped drive growth in long-haul flights bound to the U.K.
As more than a month remains until the next season, where do you intend to spend your summer vacation?