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More Europeans head to UK on holiday

More Europeans are flocking to the UK to take advantage of the weak pound, according to lastminute.com.


New figures collated from its website reveals that the favourable exchange rate means visitor numbers are up 20% year on year for the months of July, August and September.


Lastminute said it is seeing a significant double figure increase in German tourists visiting the UK since 2007. In particular, Edinburgh is proving a firm favourite with the German tourists.


French visitors to the UK have increased by nearly 10% with the airports of Cardiff, Southampton, Birmingham and Manchester all showing double digit increases in French passengers.


UK domestic holiday bookings on lastminute.com are also up by 14% year on year. 


Lastminute.com UK managing director John Bevan said: “The UK’s popularity this summer is amazing. The UK appears to be the place to be for all of Europe’s nationalities.


“Traditionally an expensive destination for European tourists, the UK’s in-resort price competitiveness has improved dramatically due to the fall of the Pound against the Euro.


“This has played a major part in the UK’s increased popularity amongst European tourists.”

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