New figures released today show that it was a record-breaking August for inbound tourism to the UK with 3.8 million visits, up 2% on the same month last year. Overseas visitors to the UK spent £2.6 billion in August, 4% up on the same month last year.

August saw strong growth from North America, which includes the USA – the UK’s most valuable visitor market – with 510,000 visits, up 13% compared to the same month last year.

The Office for National Statistics figures also show a record-breaking first eight months of the year for visits from EU countries, the UK’s largest visit-generating region, with 16.8 million visits, 3% up on last year. 

The figures bring inbound visits from January to August this year to 25 million, up 3% on the same period last year and a record year–to-date. Spending by visitors during this period was £14.6 billion.