The tourism sector is expected to show strong growth in 2015, as it continues to support Britain’s economic resurgence, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid announced today.
Forecasts from tourism body VisitBritain predicts that inbound tourism spend will rise by 4.5 per cent in 2015 with visitors from overseas expected to spend £22.2 billion – an increase of almost £1 billion on 2014 (with spend forecast to be £21.3 billion for this year).
Sustained effort over the last few years with the Government’s investment in the GREAT campaign – to sell Britain to key markets around the world, and a simplified visa system to encourage more high spending tourists from China to visit the UK are making a significant impact.
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: “The tourism sector is driving economic growth for Britain. The Olympic Games and Diamond Jubilee gave us a great platform to showcase the best of Britain but we didn’t stop there and have kept up the momentum in the last two years. Britain has so much to offer tourists with our stunning countryside, great heritage and world class sport and culture. Working closely with the tourism industry we will continue to champion the UK abroad as part of our long term economic plan.”