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UK tourists have splashed out during their trips abroad this year as North America tops the chart of British holiday destinations

UK holidaymakers splashed out on their trips abroad this spring, while overseas visitors to the UK pulled tighter on their pursestrings. Britons made 16.4m visits abroad in the three months to May 2016, a four per cent increase compared with the same period of last year, according to data released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In that time, travellers spent 10 per cent more abroad year-on-year.

However, over the 12 months to May UK travellers went on more trips and spent even more: visits abroad grew by eight per cent and spending rose 12 per cent to a total of 40.4bn. Britons flashed their passports at an increasing array of international borders as well, as visits to all areas of the world rose over the last year. Trips to North America rose by 10 per cent, visits to Europe by nine per cent and to other countries by two per cent.

The range of reasons for travelling also increased, including holidays (eight per cent), business (nine per cent), and visits to friends and relatives (nine per cent).

UK Tourists Have Splashed Out During Their Trips Abroad This Year As North America Tops The Chart Of British <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Destinations

There were 9.2m foreign visitors to the UK this spring, a similar number to the same time last year, but their spending dipped five per cent year-on-year to 4.8bn.

Read more: Here’s how many billions tourists spend in London every year1

This may have been driven in part by travellers’ reasons for visiting the UK: in the 12 months to May the number of holiday-related visits decreased by one per cent, while business trips and visits to friends or relatives grew nine per cent.

UK Tourists Have Splashed Out During Their Trips Abroad This Year As North America Tops The Chart Of British <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Destinations

Matching the first place spot of Britons’ top overseas destination, visitors from North America were up nine per cent, while visits from Europe and other countries grew by four per cent, the ONS said. Over the last year the number of visits to the UK was four per cent higher than in the year before, while the total amount spent by visitors decreased by one per cent.

Read more: This county is a surprise top European tourist destination this summer2

However, this could be set to change in the next quarter European tourist bookings to London have been down 35 per cent year-on-year in the two weeks after the referendum in June3, while bookings to the UK were down 14 per cent, according to travel site Tripsta. The number of British travellers overseas could also fall, as speculation is rife that the domestic “staycation” tourism sector could boom in the coming months4 as the drop in Sterling puts people off holidays abroad.

Figures released earlier this month by TravelSupermarket estimated the ten per cent drop of the pound against the euro will mean an average family will have to pay an extra 245 for a European holiday.

References

  1. ^ Here’s how many billions tourists spend in London every year (www.cityam.com)
  2. ^ This county is a surprise top European tourist destination this summer (www.cityam.com)
  3. ^ European tourist bookings to London have been down 35 per cent year-on-year in the two weeks after the referendum in June (www.cityam.com)
  4. ^ the domestic “staycation” tourism sector could boom in the coming months (www.cityam.com)

Mandy Moore Flies Home from Vacation with Boyfriend Taylor Goldsmith

Mandy Moore1 and her boyfriend Taylor Goldsmith2 head into the airport for a departing flight on Thursday (June 16) out of Barcelona, Spain.

The 32-year-old actress was on her way home after a romantic European vacation with her man.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Mandy Moore3

Mandy ended the trip by posting a selfie of herself and Taylor on her Instagram4 account along with the caption this trip with a heart emoji.

See the pic below!

10+ pictures inside of Mandy Moore at the airport with her boyfriend

References

  1. ^ Mandy Moore (www.justjared.com)
  2. ^ Taylor Goldsmith (www.justjared.com)
  3. ^ Mandy Moore Photo Gallery (www.justjared.com)
  4. ^ Instagram (www.instagram.com)

Vincenzo Nibali and Tom Dumoulin among big names to ride Tour of Oman

The Tour of Oman will host at least four Grand Tour hopefuls in February, including Vincenzo Nibali and Tom Dumoulin

Vincenzo Nibali And Tom Dumoulin Among Big Names To Ride Tour Of Oman

Borut Bozic and Nibali in a sandstorm on stage five of the 2015 Tour of Oman

Grand Tour hopefuls Vincenzo Nibali1, Richie Porte, Romain Bardet and Tom Dumoulin2 will be among the starters of the Tour of Oman (February 16-21).

Defending champion Rafael Valls3 will also return with his new team Lotto-Soudal, having taken the leader s jersey on the queen stage to the Green Mountain. The route up the mountain the defining climb of the race in its seven year history is now 1.8km longer, bringing the total distance to 7.5km at an average gradient of 10.7 per cent. Dumoulin and Nibali will be using the testing six-stage race to prepare for May s Giro d Italia4, while the race fits into Porte and Bardet s long build-up to the Tour de France in May.

Two-time winner Chris Froome5 will be absent, however, with Team Sky preferring not to send a team to the race in 2016.

2016 Tour of Oman stages

Tuesday 16 February, stage 1: Oman Exhibition Center > Al Bustan, 145.5 km
Wednesday 17 February, stage 2: Omantel Head Office > Quriyat, 162 km
Thursday 18 February, stage 3: Al Sawadi Beach > Naseem Park, 176.5 km
Friday 19 February, stage 4: Knowledge Oasis Muscat > Jabal Al Akhdar, 177 km
Saturday 20 February, stage 5: Yiti (Al Sifah) > Ministry of Tourism, 119.5 km
Sunday 21 February, stage 6: The Wave Muscat > Muttrah Corniche, 130.5 km

References

  1. ^ Vincenzo Nibali (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Tom Dumoulin (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Defending champion Rafael Valls (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ prepare for May s Giro d Italia (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)