Not only is the UK’s tourism sector growing more slowly than our competitors on the continent but we have also slipped one place from fifth to sixth and is forecast to fall further next year.
Research by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) suggests that high prices and competition from emerging markets such as Brazil, India and China are largely to blame.
The tourism in the rest of the world is forecast to grow by an average of 4.2% a year for the next decade but the WTTC is only forecasting 2.4% per annum for the UK as a whole.
Brighton & Hove has increased its tourism numbers in the past year (see earlier stories in the knowledgebase) and is already making plans to capitalise on events like the 2012 Olympics which should attract half a million visitors to London and generate over £2bn in revenues.
The city will also benefit from the Labour Party conference which has been secured for two years running in 2008 and 2009.
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