The value of visits to the UK from overseas tourists in 2012 was worth over £18 billion, according to statistics released this month.
The Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) recent report highlights that the number of visits to the UK rose from 2011 by 0.9%. Visits abroad fell by 0.5%.
London 2012 Olympic Games aided the rise in the visitors to the country. However, visits were highest in quarters 2, 3 and 4 and lowest between July and September.
Earnings from visits to the UK increased rose by 3.6% to £18.6 billion. The Olympics generated the majority of these earnings, with tourists arriving from as far as North America and Australia.
While 54,000 arrived from France, 46,000 tourists were from Germany and a further 46,000 traveled to the UK for the Olympics from Netherlands.
There were a total of 698,000 Olympics/Paralympics-related visits to the UK from abroad, either primarily for the event or for other purposes but still with tickets to an event at the competitions.
In addition, visits to the UK were also generally longer than those in 2011, according to the research.