UK business visits rise 5% to 8 million

More than eight million international business visitors travelled to the UK in the 12 months to June 2014 - a 5% increase year-on-year.

The VisitBritain International Passenger Survey (IPS) revealed that business visits to the UK in the first half of this year also rose by 2% to more than four million people.

With the International Festival for Business and London Tech Week taking place in June 2014, the UK saw a record number of business visitors for that month, showing an increase of 6% on the previous year to 7.5 million people.

Michael Hirst, chairman of the business visits & events partnership (BVEP), said: "Events are a big driver of the business visits sector and continue to make a massive contribution to the UK visitor economy.

"June has been a record month for the sector, and again shows that business events can drive footfall throughout the year."

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