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The report showed that there was a drop of 15% in visits made from the UK abroad for holiday reasons and a drop of 6.5% for visiting friends and relatives. However, holiday-specific trips to the UK by overseas visitors rose in 2009 by 0.5 million from 10.9m in 2008 to 11.4m in 2009.
UK visitors also spent £5.1 billion less abroad last year. Conversely, earnings from money spent by visitors from abroad coming to the UK rose from £16.3 billion to £16.6 billion.
Local tourism operators will no doubt be hoping this trend continues, although it’s highly doubtful that foreign travel companies and the airline industry will agree.
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