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Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimates he has provided to businesses involved in (a) tourism, (b) hospitality, (c) leisure and (d) sport on likely (i) UK and (ii) overseas visitor numbers in 2009. (262696)

VisitBritain have advised that they do not publish forecasts on UK visitor numbers. However, VisitBritain, in conjunction with VisitLondon, have conducted research on the possible impact of the economic downturn. This research is due to be published shortly.

VisitBritain do publish forecasts on overseas visitor numbers annually. The number of overseas visitors to the UK is estimated at 31.7 million down from 31.9 million in 2008. This information can be found at the following web address: