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Tourism

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate his Department has made of the UK's market share of the international tourism industry in each of the last 10 years. (171676)

[holding answer 5 December 2007]: The most recent available figures for national shares of the world tourism market are for 2006. The UK's percentage markets shares, in terms of both visitor numbers and spending, for the 10 years to 2006 were as follows:

Inbound visitors to UK(million)

Percentage of world total

Inbound visitor spending in UK(£ million)

Percentage of world total

1997

25.5

3.9

12.2

4.4

1998

25.7

3.9

12.7

4.7

1999

25.3

3.7

12.5

4.4

2000

25.2

3.4

12.8

4.0

2001

22.8

3.1

11.3

3.5

2002

24.2

3.2

11.7

3.7

2003

24.7

3.3

11.9

3.7

2004

25.7

3.4

13.1

3.8

2005

30.0

3.5

14.2

3.8

2006

32.2

3.6

15.4

4.0