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ONS: London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games attracted 680,000 overseas visitors

Office for National Statistics press release

In July, August and September 2012, the period of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, 680,000 overseas residents completed visits to the UK either for the purpose of watching, participating in or working at the London 2012 Games, or attended a ticketed London 2012 event while visiting the UK primarily for a different purpose.

There were 90,000 Games related visits in September, which is in addition to the Office for National Statistics’ announcement in October, that 590,000 overseas residents completed visits to the UK in July and August in relation to London 2012 Games. This figure for July and August excluded a large period of the Paralympic Games, which concluded 9 September, and any visitors that did not complete their visit to the UK until September, as data is only recorded when an overseas resident leaves the UK.

In September, overseas residents completed 2.6 million visits to the UK, 1 per cent higher than September 2011.

In the three months July to September 2012 there were 4 per cent less visits to the UK by overseas residents than in the same period in 2011. However, associated spending on these visits was 6 percent higher than the previous year, with a total figure of over £6 billion.

The total number of overseas residents’ visits for 2012 (year to date) is comparable to 2011, at 23.5 million visits. Spending was again higher, having received 5% growth and a total figure of over £14 billion for the year to date.

The number of visits abroad by UK residents in September 2012 was 6.5 million, 5 per cent higher than the same month in 2011.

During the period July to September, UK residents made 1 per cent more visits abroad than in the corresponding period in 2011, and spent 7 per cent more on these visits.

UK residents have spent £26.5 billion on visits abroad in 2012, an increase of 5 per cent from 2011.



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