Business trips were the only 'trip purpose' catergory to see increases across all measurements on year-to-date (January - February 2013) figures. Visits were up 4% to 3m from 2.8m, night stays were up 18% from 6 to 7.1m and spend rose 31% to £827m from £633m.
On a comparison of February this year and last year, meanwhile, business trips in England were up 19% to 1.6m from 1.4 last year. Meanwhile, there was an 58% increase in the number of business nights away, up to 4.2m night stays.
Visit England caveated the statistics by stating that visits in February 2012 were at an "all time low".
Below, Visit England's Simon Gidman features on C&IT TV at Imex.