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Record holiday visits to the UK

Some people obviously want to be here – even if it isn’t us. In 2010 we saw the highest number of foreign holidaymakers on record coming to the UK. According to the Office of National Statistics there were 11.7 million of them, and they spent £6.64bn in the UK.

More tourists coming to the UK last year attracted by the fall in value of the pound

On the other hand, 36.4 million UK residents went on holiday overseas last year, but this was the lowest figure since 1999. In fact there was a drop in numbers of 2 million compared to 2009 and 10 million compared to 2008.

The reason for this was down to the effects of the recession and the fact that the pound had declined in value against many major currencies, with visits to many eurozone countries falling.

On the other hand, the falling pound, which has declined 20% since 2007, has enticed more overseas holidaymakers to our shores as they are getting better value for money in the UK.

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