2.3 million UK visitors to the country last year – down on the previous year when the number rose by a third.

    It is a fall of 2.7 per cent on the year before the Brexit vote.

    The drop was due to the Brexit-induced economic turmoil in some parts of the country, particularly in the south east.

    There are now fewer British tourists to the UK than at any point in the last three years, and fewer are visiting the country.

    This is a big change from the peak in the mid-2000s, when more than 20 million visitors were expected to visit. 

    But the numbers are not a bad sign.

    The average British visitor is now 23.9 years old, and the UK ranks 12th in the world in terms of tourism spending per capita, behind Norway and Sweden.

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