Canadian Visitors To Britain Up 9% To 708,000 In 2015
Britain enjoyed solid growth from Canada last year, with visits up 9% to 708,000, and spend up 7% to £506 million / CAD 926 million.
Data released by VisitBritain show the total nights Canadians spent in Britain in 2015 increased 11.5% to 6.8 million nights. Average spend was £715 / CAD 1,308 per visit. The average length of stay was up 2.17% to 9.6 nights.
The busiest period of the year for Canadians travelling to Britain is July thru September (with 36% of visits) closely followed by April to June (with 30% of visits). The main reasons for Canadians to visit England, Scotland and Wales last year were visits to relatives and friends (41%) and leisure trips (38%).
“These strong numbers show how much Canadians enjoy exploring the culture, heritage, cities and countryside of Britain. Even with the fluctuations in the exchange rate, Canadians see value for money,” said Paul Gauger, VisitBritain’s Interim Director for the Americas.
Overall, Britain received 36.1 million tourists in 2015, an increase of 5% compared to 2014. It is the 5th consecutive year that results have surpassed the previous year.
The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the 1st 3 months of 2016 have set a record for inbound visits to the U.K. The figures show visits from January to March up 6% to 7.36 million.