Friday 24 November 2017

Argentinians head for UK gardens

The UK's parks and gardens are a big attraction for overseas visitors, VisitBritain said
The UK's parks and gardens are a big attraction for overseas visitors, VisitBritain said

Argentinians, of all overseas visitors to the UK, are keenest to put the pampas behind them and visit UK parks and gardens, according to latest figures.

As many as 69% of visits to the UK by tourists from Argentina include a trip to a park or garden, VisitBritain said.

Brazilians are the next most likely overseas tourists to head for UK parks and gardens, followed by tourists from Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia.

VisitBritain said that around a third of the overseas residents who make trips to the UK each year visit parks and gardens, spending around £7.8 billion.

The French make the most annual visits to parks and gardens in the UK, followed by the Americans, Germans and Spanish.

VisitBritain chief executive Sandie Dawe said: "Our research indicates that our parks, gardens and natural beauty are a valuable tourism asset, admired across the world and enjoyed by our visitors.

"It's hugely encouraging to see our gardens are as popular with the younger generation as they are with 55-plus age groups.

"Post-Olympic Games perceptions of Britain have shifted for the better and time spent in any of our glorious parks is something to be cherished - especially when the sun is out."

Press Association

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