UK inbound business visits rise by 7%

The volume of inbound business trips to Britain was at its highest level since 2007 last year, according to government figures.

UK inbound business visits on the rise
UK inbound business visits on the rise

The annual report and accounts for the British Tourist Authority, the non-departmental public body that trades as VisitBritain and VisitEngland, reveals there were 8.9 million business visits to Britain in 2015, up 7% on the previous year.

This was the sixth year of growth for business travel but the performance remains below that achieved pre-recession.

Across all sectors, there was a total of 36.1m visits from overseas in 2015, up 5% on the year before. These visitors spent a record-equalling £22.1 billion. The report outlines an ambition to grow international visitors to 40m by 2020, bringing a spend of £31.5bn.

While international visits to London, the rest of England and Wales grew, visits to Scotland fell 4% in 2015 with spending down 8%.

Growth came from a range of markets, with record visitor numbers from the EU15 region, China, India, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates. The volume of US visits rose 10% to 3,266,000, the highest level since 2007.

However, there were falls in visits numbers for countries including Australia and Japan. Visits from Russia decreased 34%.

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