Tourism - Commons Library Standard Note

Published 12 December 2013 | Standard notes SN06022

Authors: Chris Rhodes

Topic: Industry, Tourism

In 2012:

There were 31.1 million inbound visits to the UK. London was the most popular destination in the UK, attracting 50% of all visits.

There were 56.5 million outbound visits from the UK. Spain was the most popular destination for UK tourists, attracting 20% of all visits.

471,000 people came to the UK for an Olympic and Paralympic related reason.

There were 126.6 million domestic tourism trips in Great Britain in 2011.

In 2009 tourism directly employed 1.7 million people and tourism directly contributed £53 billion to the UK economy.

The Government published their tourism strategy in March 2011 which announced three aims:

To co-fund (with the private sector) a £100m marketing campaign to encourage foreign visitors to the UK, building on publicity from international events such as the Royal Wedding and the Olympic Games.

To increase the proportion of UK residents who holiday in the UK; and

To increase the sector’s productivity.

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