You would have thought that the effects of the Brexit vote and the knock-on currency impact would have fueled a growth in inbound tourism to the UK and dampened down outbound travel. Wrong! It has been the other way round as the article below details.
The other interesting stat is the growth in business travel both outbound and inbound.
But as all the media commentators have been saying, 2016 is a very unpredictable year.
The number of foreign holidaymakers visiting the UK fell by almost 400,000 in the first nine months of the year. However, the overall the number of arrivals rose by 700,000 due to a 3.8% increase in business travellers and 8.2% more people visiting friends or relatives over the same period in 2015. There was also a 5.5% increase in the number of people going abroad in the year to date. The number of outbound tourists rose 10.1% in September, compared to the same month last year, confounding post-Brexit expectations. Business travel from the UK was up by 20% year-on-year in September due to latent demand post-Brexit, with companies putting off travel prior to the vote. Inbound visitors in September were up by 1.3% overall, with business visitors up 6.6%, according to the first British Hospitality Association Travel Monitor.