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BOTTOMLEY WELCOMES NEW TOURISM REPORT

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1995 was a blockbuster year for UK tourism, according to a report published today by the Office for National Statis...
1995 was a blockbuster year for UK tourism, according to a report published today by the Office for National Statistics. Welcoming the publication of Travel Trends 1995, national heritage secretary Virginia Bottomley said:

'This report confirms that UK tourism is on the up and up. Last year visits to the UK reached a record 24 million, 14% higher than in 1994 and representing the highest rate of tourism growth in 20 years. The industry contributed £12bn to the UK economy, also a record and up 22% on 1994. In an increasingly competitive world tourism marketplace, this is a truly splendid performance. The good news gets even better, as we are on course to exceed these results in 1996.

'Today is the second anniversary of the hugely successful National Lottery. By channelling money into a wide range of heritage projects, the Lottery is enhancing the UK's appeal as a tourist destination.'

Travel Trends takes a comprehensive look at the results of the International Passenger Survey (IPS) 1995, showing where visitors came from, why they came, where they visited and how much they spent.

It also shows where Britons go abroad on holiday and business.
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