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Visits abroad by UK travellers last summer rose by 9.1% to 22.4 million, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Spending from overseas trips during the July to September peak period was up by 13.6% to £14.4 billion.

The number of holiday trips increased by 8% year-on-year to 15.7 million.

Visits to friends or relatives showed the biggest increase at 12.6% in the quarter, followed by business visits with an increase of 10.3%.

UK residents spent 268.9 million nights abroad in the period, an increase of 13.4% over summer 2014.

The number of nights spent in North America rose by 18% and those to Europe increased by 11.5%, while other countries saw growth of 17%.

Expenditure in Europe rose by 14.3% and spending in North America increased by 25.9%. Spending in other countries was up by 4.3%.

The number of international visitors to the UK in the period increased by 4.7% to 10.5 million but earnings fell by 3.8% to £7.1 billion despite a 6% rise in the number of nights spent, according to ONS.