Events contribute to increase in business visits to Britain

VisitBritain’s International Passenger Survey (IPS) has revealed a record month for business visits in June 2014.

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 six per cent on 2013, setting a new June record.

The business visitor sector has grown consistently throughout 2014 and is said to be a key contributor to the visitor economy. Over the rolling 12 months to June 2015, there has been a five per cent lift in business figures, reaching just short of pre-2008 levels.

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

June 2014 saw Britain host two major business events – London Technology Week, which attracted 40,000 visitors, and the International Festival for Business in Liverpool.

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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

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