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IPS shows business visits outperforming tourism industry again

The International Passenger Survey (IPS) has once again showed the business visits and events sector performing ahead of the wider tourism industry. The latest report, issued last week shows business visits grew by a record breaking 33% during January 2015, reaching new heights of 680,000 visits.

This figure shows the sector tracking as 11% higher in November 2014 up to January 2015, compared to the same 3-month period recorded in 2013. Equally, since 2014, business visits have increased by 8% to reach 8.54 million up to January 2015.  

“Business visits in Britain continue to show strong growth, and continue to underpin the wider tourism economy,” comments Richard Foulkes, Vice Chair of the BVEP. “It’s positive to report this sector demonstrating how robust it is and how it can continue to be a key driver of the tourism economy for Britain.“  

“Last year was a very strong for UK tourism and this year’s IPS figures indicate another positive year for the industry, with business visits a crucial part of it,” continues Foulkes. “Whilst it is hard to create a picture of how successful 2015 could be at this stage, its encouraging to see VisitBritain predict a 2.5% growth in volume and 4.5% growth in value of UK tourism.

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