Big­gest fall in for­eign vis­i­tors since 2009

Cyprus Today - - UK -

THE num­ber of for­eign­ers vis­it­ing Bri­tain for tourism or work fell by the most in nearly a decade dur­ing the three months to June, show­ing the coun­try could not sus­tain the record num­bers achieved a year ear­lier in the wake of 2016’s Brexit vote.

The pound’s fall af­ter Bri­tain voted to leave the Euro­pean Union in June 2016 made the coun­try a cheaper hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion, boost­ing vis­i­tor num­bers in the sec­ond and third quar­ters of 2017, peak hol­i­day sea­son, to record highs.

How­ever, Thurs­day’s data from the Of­fice for Na­tional Statis­tics show Bri­tain has been un­able to sus­tain these gains, with the seg­ment of highly price-sen­si­tive vis­i­tors pos­si­bly hav­ing been ex­hausted.

For­eign vis­i­tor num­bers in the three months to June dropped by 7.7 per cent com­pared with a year ear­lier to 10.038 mil­lion, the largest per­cent­age drop since the depths of the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis in early 2009.

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