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Facts About UK Domestic Tourism

UK Domestic Tourism is Big Business

  • One in 12 jobs is currently directly or indirectly supported by tourism.
  • British tourism is expected to employ 1.5m people directly and a total of 2.9m directly and indirectly.
  • Tourism contributes £115bn to the UK economy equivalent to 8.9% of GDP (2009 figures - latest provided)
  • 30.8m Overseas visitors arrived in the UK in 2011 and spent £18billion with the UK ranking 7th in the international tourism arrivals league and 7th in the international earnings league
  • British residents took 58.4 million holidays of one night or more worth £13billion and the number of domestic overnight trips was 9%higher in 2011 than 2010 with spending up 14%

For more detailed information about the volume and value of UK tourism go to:
www.visitbritain.org/insightsandstatistics

for other domestic statistics and specifics on England:
www.visitengland.org/insight-statistics

for specifics on Wales:
wales.gov.uk/topics/tourism/?lang=en

and for in Scotland:
www.visitscotland.org/research_and_statistics/tourismstatistics.aspx