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Business visits continue growth in June

Results from the VisitBritain International Passenger Survey (IPS) have reported a record month in June 2014 for business visits, the area that tracks the contribution of international event visitors to the UK.

The latest research, which captures data on travelling passengers in and out of UK transport hubs, shows that business visits continued to show growth and in June 2014 were up 6% on 2013, setting a new June record.  

The business visits sector has consistently grown throughout 2014 and has been a key contributor to the visitor economy. The report also showed that business visits are continuing to show signs of long-term recovery, up 6% in June 2014, compared to June 2013. Over the rolling 12 months to June 2014 there has been a 5% lift in business visits, reaching just short of pre 2008 levels.  

“This is more great news for the UK events industry. Events are a big driver of the business visits sector and continue to make a massive contribution to the UK visitor economy,” comments Michael Hirst, Chairman of the Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP). “June has been a record year for the sector, and again shows that business events can drive footfall throughout the year.”

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