UK tourism suffers recession blues

Added/updated: Tuesday 17 February 2009, Category: News summary
By: Leisure Opportunities, 13/02/2009

The UK experienced a drop in foreign visitors last year as the effects of the global economic downtown became more apparent, according to new figures. The International Passenger Survey, published by Office for National Statistics, revealed that visitor numbers worsened as the recession settled in. In the first three months to 31 December last year, figures fell to 7.01 million visits – 12 per cent below 2007’s numbers. Total spend fell 1 per cent to £2.8bn. Total visits over the festive period plunged 17 per cent to 2.11 million, with total visitor spend dropping 21 per cent to £1.2bn.