Tourism in the United Kingdom
|United States||3.45 million|
|Republic of Ireland||2.89 million|
The United Kingdom is the world's 6th biggest tourist destination, with over 40 million visiting in 2018. US$31.93 billion was spent in the UK by foreign tourists in 2017. VisitBritain data shows that the USA remains the most valuable inbound market, with American visitors spending £2.1 billion in 2010. Nevertheless, the number of travellers originating from Europe is much larger than those travelling from North America: 21.5 million compared to 3.5 million American/Canadian visitors.
Domestic tourism remains the biggest component of tourist spending in the UK, with 2008 expenditures totalling £21,881 million, according to VisitBritain. The national statistical agency also estimates that there were 126 million trips made in 2009. The busiest period for domestic travel in the UK is during bank holidays and the summer months, with August being the busiest. There is a longstanding history in the UK of travel to coastal resorts such as Blackpool, Lancashire and Swansea, Wales, with many families staying at accommodation called holiday camps. This tradition has faded significantly due to competition from overseas package holiday operators, rising operational costs, and rapidly changing demand which forced many holiday camps to close in the 1980s and 1990s.
For more information on tourism in the United Kingdom please see the articles for the constituent parts of the UK:
- Tourism in England
- Tourism in Northern Ireland
- Tourism in Scotland
- Tourism in Wales
- Visa policy of the United Kingdom
- Overseas Residents Visits to the UK 2016
- "Fears US Debt Crisis Will Hit UK Tourism". Sky News. 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-06.
- "Office for National Statistics – Overseas residents' visits to the UK". Office for National Statistics. 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-14.
- https://web.archive.org/web/20120120194452/http://www.alva.org.uk/visitor_statistics/. Archived from the original on 2012-01-20. Missing or empty
- UK Tourist 2009 Archived 2015-02-17 at the Wayback Machine, VisitBritain, June 2011
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