International tourists are travelling across English regions in record numbers, and they are spending more too. London Eye. Official statistics released today show that in the first nine months of 2016 there were a record-breaking 12.2 million visits to English regions outside London, up 4% compared to the same period in 2015.

Spend by international visitors across England’s regions also set a record during this period, up 2% to £5.9 billion.

Wales saw inbound visits increase 12% from January to September last year to 856,000 with spending by overseas visitors hitting a record high for this period, up 9% to £367 million.

Overseas visitors spent £1.6 billion in Scotland during the first nine months of last year, up 12% on 2015 and a record for a January to September period. Visits grew 4% to 2.2 million, the strongest year to date since 2007.

It was also a record-breaking summer for inbound visits to the English regions with 4.9 million visits from July to September 2016, up 3% on the year before. Spend by overseas visitors during the summer quarter three period reached a record £2.9 billion, up 11% on 2015.

Tourism Minister Tracey Crouch said: “This country has so much to offer tourists from […]