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Tourism: Balance of Payments

Volume 493: debated on Friday 12 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the UK's tourism balance of payments was for 2008-09; and what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on the equivalent figures for (a) France, (b) Spain and (c) the US in the same period. (277471)

[holding answer 1 June 2009]: Provisional data from the International Passenger Survey estimate a tourism balance of payments deficit of £20 billion in 2008-09.

The Spanish Institute of Tourism Studies have published their 2008-09 tourism balance of payments showing a £24 billion surplus. The French Ministère de l’économie, de l’industrie et de l’emploi

published a paper “Le tourism en France en 2008” stating the provisional figures from the Banque de France on the tourism balance of payments surplus is £8.6 billion.

In March 2009 the Bureau of Economic Analysis, part of the US Department of Commerce, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, published a tourism balance of payments surplus of £17.9 billion.