UK tourist arrivals up by 2% as ‘noise’ of ‘Noisegate’ affects business

Business Insider UK tourism arrivals rose by 2 per cent to a seasonally adjusted 2.8 million in the month of November, according to figures released on Wednesday by the Office for National Statistics.

The number of foreign visitors to the UK jumped to 1.2 million in November, up from 1.1 million the previous month.

It is the first time since April that UK tourist numbers have risen in the first quarter of the year.

The latest figure was up by a healthy 1.8 per cent on the previous three months.

The rise was driven by an increase in UK holidaymakers from the Middle East, South Asia, Asia Pacific and Africa.

In November, the number of tourists from those regions climbed by almost a third to 2.9 million, up 3 per cent from the previous year.

In contrast, foreign visitors from those same regions fell by a third, to 1 million.

The UK tourism industry has suffered since the Government announced that it would not take action against companies found to have breached UK sanctions against Iran, Russia and China.

Last year, the Government’s first full-scale sanctions against the five countries were announced, which are designed to block access to certain types of goods.

However, the latest figures show that the number who visited the UK in November has increased significantly, rising by about 30 per cent in the year to date.

The figures also show that tourists from Europe and North America have increased by 4 per cent, while foreign visitors are up by more than 40 per cent.

It is hoped that the Government will take action to address the issue.

“I hope that the government will take the right action and start to crack down on the use of noise and the misuse of electronic devices,” said Richard Biddulph, CEO of tourism consultancy VisitBritain.

“But it is going to take time for businesses to adapt to the new rules and I fear that the UK may not be ready for this type of change until after the Brexit vote,” he added.

In November, Britain’s economy was hit hard by the global financial crisis, and the government introduced new measures to try to help the economy.

The new measures included tightening restrictions on overseas holidays and introducing new restrictions on visitors coming to the country.

In the wake of the Brexit referendum, British travellers have faced heightened levels of security after the Government decided not to lift the restrictions on entry to the EU, which had been in place since 1973.