HC Deb 06 February 2002 vol 379 c983W
David Hamilton

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many overseas visitors came to the United Kingdom in each year from 1998; and if he will make a statement. [32485]

Dr. Howells

The number of visits was as follows:

Year Visits from overseas
1998 25,745
1999 25,394
2000 25,209

Visit numbers fell slightly between 1998 and 2000, but overall these were strong years for inbound tourism to the UK, with a record level of spending by overseas visitors in 2000 of £12.8 billion, compared to £12.7 billion in 1998 and £12.5 billion in 1999. Figures for the full year 2001 are not yet available.

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