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Tourists in UK spent £5 billion less in 2009 than 2008

Released: 18 June 2012 Download PDF

 In 2009 tourists spent just over £113bn within the UK - down from £118bn in 2008 - according to a report published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The figures are part of the new UK Tourism Satellite Account, developed by ONS to measure the total contribution tourism and its associated industries make to the UK economy.

The £113bn total comprises £91bn spent by UK residents and £19bn spent by overseas visitors. A further £3bn is spent by UK residents on the upkeep of holiday homes.

The domestic spending on tourism trips includes £22bn spent on overnight visits within the UK and £47bn  spent on same day visits.  The remaining £22bn is spent in the UK on items such as air fares and travel agencies’ services by UK residents before travelling abroad. £31.7bn is actually spent by UK residents while abroad.

The report also analyses the ‘tourism ratio’ of these different sectors – the proportion of the domestic supply of tourism-characteristic products that are consumed by tourists. The highest ratio was for accommodation at 99.8 per cent followed by travel agency services at 94 per cent and air passenger services at 63 per cent. The total direct gross value added of tourism stood at £44.6bn in 2009 compared with £46.1bn in 2008.

The report includes estimates of tourism employment for the UK, and shows that in 2009 there were just under 1.8 million jobs directly supported by tourism expenditure. This compares with just over 1.7 million in 2008.

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