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Volume 114: debated on Thursday 9 April 1987

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asked the Paymaster General if he will make a statement on the performance of tourism in 1986 and prospects for the coming year.

The Government have today published a leaflet entitled "A bumper year for tourism", which provides information on tourism performance in 1986. This shows that there was strong growth in domestic tourism spending with overseas tourism earnings equalling the record £5·5 billion spent in 1985. On the basis of recovery in the numbers of overseas visitors in the last quarter of 1986 and the high level of forward bookings, prospects for 1987 look good.