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UK attracting record number of tourists in 2017

Tourism is booming in the UK with nearly 40 million overseas people expected to have visited the country during 2017. Tourist promotion agency VisitBritain forecasts overseas trips to the UK will increase 6% to 39.7 million with spending up 14% to £25.7bn this year. The UK has become a cheaper place to visit for tourists from overseas following the fall in the value of the pound since the Brexit vote last year.

Britons are also holidaying at home in record numbers. National tourism was worth £127bn annually to the economy.  During the first six months of the year there were a record 23.1 million overseas visits to the UK – up 8% on the same period in 2016 – and the figures for July topped four million for the first time, with only a slightly smaller number of visits made during August.

This shows that at the moment the Brexit is not working in tourism levels, although it may be that in a future United Kingdom will have to rethink its tourism model given the limitations that may give rise to its new situation in the world.

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