Foreign visits to Britain fall 3 percent in third quarter
LONDON (Reuters) – The number of foreign visitors to Britain in the three months to September fell 3 percent compared with the same period a year earlier, driven by a drop in arrivals from the European Union, official data showed on Thursday.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said 10.8 million people from overseas visited Britain in the third quarter, down from 11.1 million a year ago.
The fall was driven by a 3 percent drop in arrivals from the European Union. Visitors from North America, which are far fewer in number, increased 9 percent, the ONS said.
The number of visits made abroad by United Kingdom residents rose by 1 percent.
(Reporting by Andy Bruce; Editing by William Schomberg)