More Britons visiting family abroad

18 April 2011 09:30

Many Britons are making overseas trips to visit friends and relatives

Many Britons are making overseas trips to visit friends and relatives

Britons looking to save money increasingly look to family and friends to host them while on foreign trips, new tourism figures have shown.

Data from the Office for National Statistics revealed that the number of UK residents making trips abroad to visit friends and relatives increased by 9% in the first two months of 2011.

The number of visits by British travellers for holiday purposes fell by 4% between January and February this year compared with the same period in 2010, while business visits abroad dipped 1%.

The increase in visits to friends and family means that the number of overseas trips taken by Britons in January and February this year reached just below 6.6 million, which is about the same as the period between the first two months in 2010.

British travellers should ensure they have a comprehensive travel insurance policy before making foreign trips.

Expenses by UK residents on these foreign trips fell 3% to £3.71 billion in the first two months of this year.

The data also found that overseas residents made 3.8 million visits to the UK in January-February this year - a 1% fall on the same period last year.

The number of foreign residents visiting the UK for holiday purposes dipped 5% in the first two months of this year while business trips rose 13%.

Overseas residents spent £1.94 billion during their trips in the UK in January-February 2011 - a 1% fall on the first two months of last year.

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