UK’s industrial cities take centre stage

More foreign visitors are visiting cities like Edinburgh and Manchester

While London retains its position as the top international destination in the UK, a recent study has shown that cities like Edinburgh, Liverpool and Bristol are fast gaining popularity.

A study conducted by VisitBritain analysing the number of overnight stays by overseas visitors in UK cities found that there is an increased interest in Britain’s industrial cities.

Unsurprisingly, London continues to keep its number one place with the city welcoming 15.2 million international visitors in 2011, followed by Edinburgh in second place with 1.3 million.

Manchester comes in at third place with 936,000 visits, up 15 percent on 2010, Birmingham sits in fourth place with 732,000 visitors, while Liverpool in fifth place also enjoyed a 15 percent rise in overseas visitors.

VisitBritain Strategy and Communications Director Patricia Yates said more and more international visitors are venturing outside of London and discovering other cities.

“These results confirm international visitors who might come here because of the global appeal of London are starting to appreciate our vibrant cities outside the capital, and the very different offerings of Edinburgh Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester,” Ms Yates said.

“In such a key year to showcase Britain, and all that our visitors can experience here, VisitBritain’s GREAT image and tactical campaigns in key inbound markets ensures that tourism growth, economic benefits and jobs are delivered right across Britain."
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P
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