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Foreign travel in decline

Industry suffers from economic downturn

June 19, 2009


Figures released by the Office for National Statistics have revealed that during the three-month period to April 2009, the number of UK travellers visiting foreign destinations has decreased by five percent.

The results, released on June 18, indicate that the number of UK travellers had dropped to 15.4 million, a fall that represents a decrease in tourist spend of £8.3 billion.

News of the fall in travellers is indicative of how the tourism industry is suffering in the wake of the economic downturn. Much is attributed to tighter budgets and the continuing weakness of the pound against other worldwide currencies.

A recent poll carried out by Skyscanner, the price comparison site for airfares, also showed that finance is playing a key role in where UK travellers are heading on their holidays, with 28% declaring that their choice of destination is dependent on cost.

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