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Tourism: Finance

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the UK's national tourism deficit benchmarked against (a) France, (b) Germany, (c) the United States, (d) Australia, (e) Spain and (f) Portugal. (202087)

The UK's tourism balance of payments deficit for 2006 was £18.4 billion. According to the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), this compared to:

£ billion

France

Surplus

19.58

Germany

Deficit

127.32

Spain

Surplus

123.85

United States

Surplus

26.34

1 2006. 2 2005, the latest figure held.

These figures have been converted to sterling at current exchange rates. The OECD does not hold the relevant figures for Australia and Portugal.

These figures show the obvious effects of climate and easier air travel. The Government are working with the tourism industry to make holidaying in this country more attractive to UK residents by improving the quality of our tourism offer in key areas, and this work has been brought together through the DCMS Tourism Strategy for 2012.