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Numbers dipping Fewer Foreigners In UK

Updated: 12:48, Friday April 07, 2006

The UK welcomed fewer overseas visitors in February 2006, official figures say.
Foreign residents made 1.8m visits to the UK in February of this year compared with 1.9m in the same month last year, the Office for National Statistics said.
Visits by North American residents fell from 196,000 in February 2005 to 180,000 in February 2006, while Western European visits fell from 1.4m in February last year to 1.2m in February this year.
Overseas visitors spent £755m during their February 2006 visits to the UK compared with £816m in February 2005.
Spending so far this year has fallen 3% to £1.7bn.

Could it have anything to do with the cost of tourist attractions and hotels? Warwick Castle 20 pounds each!

If (if) Bird Flu spreads I wonder how many visitors will be coming to visit? If it doesn't spread how many are going to risk it anyway?

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Business

Numbers dipping Fewer Foreigners In UK

Updated: 12:48, Friday April 07, 2006

The UK welcomed fewer overseas visitors in February 2006, official figures say.
Foreign residents made 1.8m visits to the UK in February of this year compared with 1.9m in the same month last year, the Office for National Statistics said.
Visits by North American residents fell from 196,000 in February 2005 to 180,000 in February 2006, while Western European visits fell from 1.4m in February last year to 1.2m in February this year.
Overseas visitors spent £755m during their February 2006 visits to the UK compared with £816m in February 2005.
Spending so far this year has fallen 3% to £1.7bn.

Could it have anything to do with the cost of tourist attractions and hotels? Warwick Castle 20 pounds each!

If (if) Bird Flu spreads I wonder how many visitors will be coming to visit? If it doesn't spread how many are going to risk it anyway?

More job losses coming to Bath then (on top of the 300 NHS jobs announced yesterday). Hard times are coming.

My step daughter has already see her hours reduced. She works in the hotel industry on a part time basis.

Edited by FTBagain

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Yes - this information is taken from the International Passenger Survey (a questionnaire taken of about 1% of people who come into the Uk each year). Anyone who knows anything about it knows its a joke as no one who is intending to stay here long term (illegally) is going to be honest to someone with a clipboard approaching them just as they have passed through passport control!

According to the survey results 90% of all international migrants to the Uk come through a single point of entry (Heathrow!). Need I say more!

Because our border controls are so crap this 1% survey is the sole basis of all the UK's migration inflows which feed into the population data used to allocate NHS and local government funding.

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Spin this, spin that.

With a strengthening dollar will come the U.S. tourists this year.

why on earth would they want to visit that dump?

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Spin this, spin that.

With a strengthening dollar will come the U.S. tourists this year.

You would think so, BUT....

I booked a flight to the States acouple of weeks ago for around $1100 r/t for 2. A couple of days later and the fares would have cost an extra $300. Just checked theis morning and the flights are back down to what we booked them for which is highly unusual as the closer the date you book the more the fare.

Seems that the problems with our birdies has caused more than few transatlantic flights to be cancelled so far this Spring.

http://money.cnn.com/2005/11/01/news/economy/birdflu_travel/

Businesses brace for bird flu

Travel yet to be affected by bird flu threat but fears could be new blow to embattled airlines.

November 1, 2005: 4:09 PM EST

By Chris Isidore, CNN/Money senior writer

Andrus said modern jets filter air through hospital-quality filters and exchange air in the plane more frequently than does a typical office building. But she says airlines are concerned not only about the threat of pandemic bird flu, but also a hit to air travel due to public fears about the disease.
"We realize there is a possible impact (on airlines) if public fears affect travel behavior," she said. "Right now we haven't seen that. There have been no recommendations to curtail travel. We're relying on authoritative sources like the CDC so the public can understand the risk or the absence of a risk."

The above farticle appeared back in November 2005 before BirdFlu reared its hideous head on the septic Isle the Americans cherish as "This England."

http://www.businessweek.com/investor/conte...005.htm?chan=tc

Airlines on the Front Lines

The relatively limited SARS outbreak caused a brief, albeit severe, plunge in revenues for many Asian airlines, including the normally high-profit carrier Cathay Pacific Airways, which is based in Hong Kong. Cathay's passenger load factor fell to just 41.4% in May, 2003, compared with 77.8% in 2002.
Similarly, "a bird flu pandemic would wreak havoc on the global airline industry," says S&P credit analyst Philip Baggaley. Airlines that rely heavily on international travel, including those based outside the U.S. and, to a lesser extent, large hub-and-spoke U.S. carriers, would likely be affected first. But even airlines that focus on domestic travel, such as budget carriers, would eventually be affected.

TTRTR--you need to take a leaf out of the Scout's book and "Be prepared." You also need to understand herd mentality--people react on rumours as much as realities.

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There are less vistors because most are ending up staying hence no longer vistors.

London's a squalid dump; probably the worst 'great' city in the world. At last the Americans are waking up to this fact.

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