Britain's competitiveness

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Few British industries are as strong as travel and tourism, and few have such growth potential.

The market place for global tourism is getting tougher. The growth in global travel over the last two decades means that Britain is competing against more destinations for a larger number of potential visitors.

Find out how the world views Britain and read our tourism growth strategy for Britain, as well as see tourism's potential role in creating jobs and economic growth.

Inbound COVID-19 sentiment tracker

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In partnership with Visit Wales, VisitScotland and London & Partners, we commissioned research to understand international consumer sentiment towards international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Britain's visitor economy facts

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Find out the central role tourism plays in creating new jobs across Britain.

Britain’s image overseas

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Discover how the world views Britain.

Britain tourism strategy

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Read our long-term tourism growth strategy for Britain which aims to attract 40 million international visitors a year, spending £31.5 billion, by 2020.

Britain's welcome

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Britain’s welcome to overseas visitors

Final Mile best practice guidelines

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Download best practice guidelines for developing the final mile from transport to attraction.,