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Overseas visitors are flocking to the UK - which spells good news for the hospitality industry.

Overseas visitors are flocking to the UK - which spells good news for the hospitality industry.

That’s the message from Bournemouth-based recruitment specialist, Towngate Personnel, which is reporting brisk business in recruitment to London hotels.

New research has shown London hotel bookings are up by more than 11 per cent in the first five months of the year.

“We have noticed an upturn in recruitment in London hotel, especially in the rooms side of the business where we are busy supplying candidates for both temporary and permanent positions in hotel reception and reservations,” says Towngate’s operations manager James Tucker.

The data from Pricewaterhouse Coopers revealed slower growth outside London, but the international passenger survey carried out by national tourism agency VisitBritain reveals just under &pound4 billion was spent by overseas visitors to the UK in the three months to May - an increase of seven per cent. Visits were up by 11 per cent to 7.8 million.

“It seems to us at Towngate Personnel that cultural tourism is a major factor and traditional cultural
tourist centres such as Stratford Upon Avon, Bath and Oxford are all busy again this year,” says James Tucker.

The number of visits from North America, the highest inbound spenders in the UK, was up 15 per cent on last year, while visits from Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia increased 22%.

Patricia Yates, VisitBritain director of strategy and communications, said the new figures show a healthy growth for British tourism.

"Nearly eight million international tourists have come to Britain in the last three months, which saw spending levels in the country rise by 7%," she says.

"As we start to roll out our marketing programme we can see that Britain is recovering its international appeal."

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