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No Brexit blues for UK tourism

Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - 01:37

Flight bookings to the UK have risen since June, driven by a sharp fall in the pound following the vote to leave the European Union. As Sara Hemrajani reports, one travel research firm said the impact of the Brexit vote on tourism was ''immediate'' and ''positive''.

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More tourists could be trotting to the UK this summer and for the rest of the year. That's according to new figures from the travel sector. Industry groups say sterling's drop after the Brexit vote means Britain looking increasingly attractive to holidaymakers. SOUNDBITE: Amy Gray, Head of Tourism Affairs at Visit Britain, saying (English): "The tourism industry is feeling really confident about this summer. We did a business confidence survey, talking to businesses just after the referendum, the results show they have never felt as positive as they do this summer. So particularly accommodation businesses, attractions, they're expecting more visitors spending more money than ever before." Travel information firm ForwardKeys says the Brexit vote had an "immediate" and "positive" impact on inbound tourism to the UK. Its research shows flight bookings rose 4 percent in the month compared to the same period last year. And with the pound still weak against the dollar and euro, foreign visitors could be feeling the urge to splurge. SOUNDBITE: Amy Gray, Head of Tourism Affairs at Visit Britain, saying (English): "What we're also seeing is an increase in searches, so people looking at booking Britain now, maybe coming towards the end of this summer, perhaps coming into the autumn. For the Chinese, for example, October is a really important time for travel. We've seen travel agents in China like CTrip all reporting increases in searches by Chinese customers who are now thinking that Britain is a really good destination for them." The UK's gain comes as France suffers from the fallout of its recent militant attacks. The French tourism minister has told local media that hotel stays in July were down 10 percent from 2015.

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No Brexit blues for UK tourism

Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - 01:37