Tourism in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is the world's 10th biggest tourist destination, with over 36 million visiting in 2018. US$31.93 billion was spent in the UK by foreign tourists in 2017. VisitBritain data shows that the USA remains the most valuable inbound market, with American visitors spending £2.1 billion in 2010.[2] Nevertheless, the number of travellers originating from Europe is much larger than those travelling from North America: 21.5 million compared to 3.5 million American/Canadian visitors.[3] After a 7-year rise, tourism to the United Kingdom declined sharply from 2017 to 2018.[4]

Top 10 countries whose residents (including British and other nationals) provided the most visits to the UK (2018)[1]
United States3.87 million
France3.69 million
Germany3.26 million
Republic of Ireland2.78 million
Spain2.53 million
Netherlands1.95 million
Poland1.82 million
Italy1.81 million
Belgium1.12 million
Australia1.00 million

The country's principal tourist destinations are London, Edinburgh, Oxford, Cambridge, York, and Canterbury.[5]

Domestic tourism

Domestic tourism remains the biggest component of tourist spending in the UK, with 2008 expenditures totalling £21.9 billion, according to VisitBritain.[6] The national statistical agency also estimates that there were 126 million trips made in 2009.[6] The busiest period for domestic travel in the UK is during bank holidays and the summer months, with August being the busiest.

See also

For more information on tourism in the United Kingdom please see the articles for the constituent parts of the UK:


This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.