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The opposition Liberal Democrats says drop in overseas visitors indicates the need to support tourism and hospitality sector in Britain …. Reports London Daily Newsdesk

Mr Tim Farron, the new leader of the Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron has called for more support to help the tourism sector as ONS statistics published today revealing there were 1.4 million visits to the UK by overseas visitors in March 2020, 54% fewer than in March 2019.

The Party has previously pushed for a review into the impact of coronavirus on the sector, to take into account options such as an extension of the furlough, grants and loans schemes until 2021.

“Countless businesses are facing serious financial hardship and many more are worried about job losses, particularly across the tourism sector,” said Mr Farron. “With half the usual footfall from flights in March, which we know has been worse since, Ministers must see this as a reminder that the tourism industry must be given the tools it needs to recover.

“That is why Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to extend furlough support until it is safe and create and enhance bespoke packages for sectors like hospitality, leisure and culture.”

There were 1.4 million visits to the UK by overseas visitors in March 2020, 54% fewer than in March 2019, in the first month in which travel was seriously affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes his dog Dilyn for a walk in the grounds of Chequers as he encourages people to exercise for a better health. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

There were more visits to the UK by overseas visitors in January and February 2020, compared with the corresponding periods of the previous year: visits in January increased by 7% to 3.0 million, while visits in February increased by 6% to 2.5 million.

UK residents made 3.2 million visits overseas in March 2020, which was 50% fewer than in March 2019, in the first month in which travel was seriously affected by the coronavirus.

UK residents made fewer visits overseas in January and February 2020, compared with the corresponding periods of the previous year: visits in January decreased by 12% to 5.4 million, while visits in February decreased by 6% to 5.2 million.

Overseas residents made an estimated 1.4 million visits to the UK in March 2020, which was 54% fewer than in March 2019 (Figure 1). The large fall is attributable to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with travel restrictions and reluctance to travel becoming widespread. Overseas residents spent £0.8 billion on visits to the UK in March 2020, which was 58% less than in March 2019.

Overseas residents made an estimated 2.5 million visits to the UK in February 2020, which was 6% more than in February 2019 (Figure 1). Overseas residents spent £1.5 billion on visits to the UK in February 2020, which was 17% more than in February 2019.

Overseas residents made an estimated 3.0 million visits to the UK in January 2020, which was 7% more than in January 2019 (Figure 1). Overseas residents spent £2.0 billion on visits to the UK in January 2020, which was 23% more than in January 2019.

There were 1.4 million visits to the UK by overseas visitors in March 2020, 54% fewer than in March 2019, in the first month in which travel was seriously affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Tollgate Medical Centre in East London. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

There were more visits to the UK by overseas visitors in January and February 2020, compared with the corresponding periods of the previous year: visits in January increased by 7% to 3.0 million, while visits in February increased by 6% to 2.5 million.

UK residents made 3.2 million visits overseas in March 2020, which was 50% fewer than in March 2019, in the first month in which travel was seriously affected by the coronavirus.

UK residents made fewer visits overseas in January and February 2020, compared with the corresponding periods of the previous year: visits in January decreased by 12% to 5.4 million, while visits in February decreased by 6% to 5.2 million.

Data collection was suspended on 16 March 2020 because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). For this reason, National Statistics status has been suspended for the March results. Results for January and February are unaffected. More detail is available in Section 7: Strengths and limitations.

Overseas residents made an estimated 1.4 million visits to the UK in March 2020, which was 54% fewer than in March 2019. The large fall is attributable to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with travel restrictions and reluctance to travel becoming widespread. Overseas residents spent £0.8 billion on visits to the UK in March 2020, which was 58% less than in March 2019.

 by . Overseas residents made an estimated 2.5 million visits to the UK in February 2020, which was 6% more than in February 2019 (Figure 1). Overseas residents spent £1.5 billion on visits to the UK in February 2020, which was 17% more than in February 2019. Overseas residents made an estimated 3.0 million visits to the UK in January 2020, which was 7% more than in January 2019 (Figure 1). Overseas residents spent £2.0 billion on visits to the UK in January 2020, which was 23% more than in January 2019.

During the period January to March 2020, there were 7.0 million visits to the UK, which was 16% fewer than in the corresponding period a year earlier. Overseas residents spent £4.3 billion in the UK over this period, which was 10% less than in the previous year.

 

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