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Brexit BOOST: Leaving European Union to result in SURGE of tourism to Britain

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Brexit BOOST: Leaving European Union to result in SURGE of tourism to Britain

BRITAIN'S economy is to get a huge boost from international tourism, thanks to the vote to leave the European Union.

The pound's value has significantly weakened since the Brexit vote, which has prompted a flurry of interest for UK holidays from overseas travellers, according to agents.

US and Chinese travel sites have reported a surge in queries, as travellers hunt for cheaper breaks.

On Friday Kayak said it saw a 54 per cent increase in US searches exploring fares to Britain, compared with other Fridays in the month of June.

Search site Travelzoo also reported a 35.3 percent increase in travel searches from the US to the UK between June 24 to June 27.

And StudentUniverse, a travel booking site popular among young people, saw searches for flights from the US to the UK double from a year ago.

It comes as the pound has touched 30-year lows, providing holidaymakers more incentives to come to Britain.

The resulting surge in tourist spending could provide a welcome boost to businesses across the country.

A senior executive at Beijing Utour International Travel Service said: "(People) are changing their mind and choosing to visit Britain, because with the depreciation of the pound it's cheaper for them to go there to buy things."

He said the company was applying for more airline seats to accommodate tour bookings.

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30 June 2016, 9:00