Despite predictions of a post Brexit surge, the number of leisure tourists coming to the UK has declined for the second consecutive month, according to the British Hospitality Association Travel Monitor.
At the same time, outbound holiday travel is growing strongly.
The BHA Travel Monitor, launched by the British Hospitality Association last month, reveals that inbound holiday passengers visiting the UK are in decline while outbound holiday passengers are increasing, suggesting a worrying trend for the domestic UK tourism and leisure industry.
Some predictions claimed that the fall in the price of sterling after the EU referendum would lead to an increase in visitors to the UK but the BHA Travel Monitor can today reveal this to be incorrect.
There were 450,000 fewer holiday passengers in October over the year to date versus the same period in 2015 compared with the 400,000 drop reported in the first Travel Monitor last month.
By contrast, outbound holiday passenger numbers continue to grow strongly, suggesting a slowdown in the UK staycation market.A combination of lower inbound holiday passengers and higher outbound holiday passengers is likely putting pressure on consumer-facing businesses.The BHA Travel Monitor, published monthly and quarterly, also highlights a year on year decrease in overall UK […]