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Tourism: Finance

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his latest estimate is of the tourism deficit; and how this figure compares to the equivalent for 1997. (202088)

[holding answer 28 April 2008]: The UK's tourism balance of payments deficit was £4.8 billion in 1997, and £18.4 billion in 2006.

This change reflects rising prosperity in the UK over the last decade, and easier and cheaper air travel. The Government are working with the industry to make holidaying in this country more attractive to UK residents and we published our strategy "Winning: A Tourism Strategy for 2012 and Beyond" last September. I hold regular meetings with the tourism industry as we work in partnership to implement the strategy.