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Overseas Visitors

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many visits from overseas to (a) the UK and (b) England there were in each year since 1997; and what percentage of the world market for tourism each figure represents. (230081)

VisitBritain is the Government-sponsored tourism body responsible for promoting Britain as a tourist destination to overseas markets, and England as a tourist destination to the domestic market. VisitBritain has provided the following information:

Visits to the UK since 1997 and percentage of global market share

Number of visits (million)

Global market share (percentage)

1997

25.515

3.92

1998

25.745

3.88

1999

25.394

3.68

2000

25.209

3.41

2001

22.835

3.08

2002

24.180

3.18

2003

24.715

3.30

2004

27.755

3.37

2005

29.971

3.49

2006

32.713

3.62

2007

32.778

3.40

Source: International Passenger Survey (ONS).

Visits to England since 1997 and percentage of global market share

Number of visits (million)

Global market share (percentage)

1997

19.5

3.30

1998

20.2

3.30

1999

19.8

3.12

2000

19.8

2.91

2001

17.8

2.61

2002

19.0

2.71

2003

19.5

2.82

2004

21.9

2.87

2005

23.7

2.95

2006

25.9

3.06

2007

26.2

2.88

Source: International Passenger Survey (ONS).

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much visitors from overseas to (a) the UK and (b) England spent in each year since 1997; and what percentage of global tourism spending each figure represents. (230082)

VisitBritain is the Government-sponsored tourism body responsible for promoting Britain as a tourist destination to overseas markets, and England as a tourist destination to the domestic market. VisitBritain has provided the following information:

Spend in the UK since 1997

Overall visitor spend (£ billion)

Global market share (Percentage)

1997

12.244

4.53

1998

12.671

4.72

1999

12.498

4.42

2000

12.805

4.08

2001

11.306

3.51

2002

11.737

3.66

2003

11.855

3.66

2004

13.047

3.78

2005

14.248

3.81

2006

16.002

3.97

2007

15.196

3.72

Source:

International Passenger Survey (ONS)

Spend in England since 1997

Overall visitor spend (£ million)

Global market share

1997

13,917

3.24

1998

13,890

3.45

1999

12,410

3.32

2000

11,442

3.31

2001

10,515

3.25

2002

10,422

3.25

2003

10,051

3.12

2004

11,473

3.66

2005

11,148

3.94

2006

11,315

4.21

2007

10,885

4.03

Source:

International Passenger Survey (ONS)