UK business visits grow by record 33%

Business visits to the UK grew by a record-breaking 33% in January 2015, to 680,000, according to the International Passenger Survey (IPS).

Richard Foulkes, vice chair, Business Visits & Events Partnership
Richard Foulkes, vice chair, Business Visits & Events Partnership

The survey also revealed that business visits were 11% higher between November 2014 and January 2015 compared to the same three-month period in 2013-14.

Richard Foulkes, vice chair, Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP), said: "Business visits in Britain continue to show strong growth, and continue to underpin the wider tourism economy.

"It is positive to report this sector demonstrating how robust it is and how it can continue to be a key driver of the tourism economy for Britain.

"Last year was a very strong for UK tourism and this year’s IPS figures indicate another positive year for the industry, with business visits a crucial part of it.

"Whilst it is hard to create a picture of how successful 2015 could be at this stage, its encouraging to see VisitBritain predict a 2.5% growth in volume and 4.5% growth in value of UK tourism."

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Budget 2015 a 'missed opportunity' for events industry

Government thanks events industry for survey input as it 'finalises report'

BVEP renews campaign for 'Christmas Party Exemption'

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