Tourism to benefit from UK upturn

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A drop in visitors numbers last year may be reversed by the upturn in the UK economy, Economic Development Minister John Shimmin believes.

Visitors numbers fell by 1 per cent last year, according to the 2013 Passenger Survey - but their overall spending actually increased by 1.6 per cent to £107m.

The survey showed the number visiting friends and relatives fell 8 per cent but the number of leisure visitors staying in paid-for accommodation increased by 5 per cent while business visitors increased by 1.2 per cent.


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