UK Tourism Boosted By Record-High Spending
UK tourism was boosted by record-high spending in the first half of the year.
Visitors from overseas spent £8.72bn in Britain in the six months to June, up 11% compared to the same period last year.
It is welcome news for the nation's tourism industry following the boost the Olympics brought in 2012.
The weak pound has drawn many tourists to the UK and June in particular saw strong growth.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that tourists spent a record £1.84bn in June, an increase of 13% on 2012.
It was also well above the month's previous best total which was achieved in June 2011.
Total visits to Britain in the first six months were up 4% to more than 15 million, the best half-year figures in five years according to the ONS.
A total of 2.89 million of those visits were made in June alone, up 12% compared with the same period last year.
Tourism Minister Hugh Robertson said: "These record figures for June show that our tourism strategy is working.
"We did all we can to showcase the best of Britain to the world in 2012 and it's paying off."
"The tourism sector has a big role to play in delivering economic growth and we must keep up this momentum and continue to promote Britain as a great place to visit."
VisitBritain's overseas director Keith Beecham added: "In June the UK welcomed more than a visitor every single second (67 overseas visitors a minute)."
He said: "If this trend continues, it would see us welcome one overseas visitor every second of every day of every week of every month of the year.
"This is great news for the economy and a further sign that tourism is delivering growth across the country."