Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Fewer tourists visit Britain

By Harry Wallop, Consumer Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 3:01pm GMT 14/11/2007

One million fewer tourists visited Britain during the three months to September, compared with the same period last year, as sky-high prices, poor airports and bad weather deterred people, official figures showed.
Britain is seen as an unexciting, troublesome destination
Overseas visitor numbers fell by 10 per cent to 9.25 million – the largest quarterly fall since the fall out of September 11, 2001, when American tourists numbers ground to a halt. This time, the weak dollar, rather than terrorism, is behind the fall in numbers.
Added to this, is Britain’s increasing reputation as an unexciting, troublesome destination, compared to more exotic places in Asia.

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