March 25, 2019 / 9:49 AM / 3 months ago

UK saw fewer foreign visitors in 2018 - official data

Urquhart Castle stands on the banks of Loch Ness near Inverness, Scotland, Britain March 8, 2019. Picture taken March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

LONDON (Reuters) - Visits to the United Kingdom by overseas residents fell 4 percent in 2018 to 37.8 million and spending by tourists and other visitors was down by 7 percent at 22.7 billion pounds, official statistics showed on Monday.

UK residents made 1 percent fewer visits abroad last year, totalling 71.9 million trips, and their expenditure grew by 2 percent to 45.8 billion pounds, the Office for National Statistics said.

The fall in the value of the pound after the 2016 Brexit referendum boosted tourism in Britain in 2017. Sterling recovered some of its value last year.

Writing by William Schomberg; Editing by David Milliken

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