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Weak Pound Boosting UK Tourism Industry

The number of tourists visiting the UK from China has risen by almost a fifth this summer, the latest figures show. Click here to read the full story.

Travel data firm ForwardKeys said that summer flight bookings from long-haul markets were also 6% higher than in the same period last year. It credited the weakness of the pound for boosting tourists' spending power.

This week sterling hit a 31-month low against the dollar amid increasing speculation the UK could leave the EU without a deal.

"This summer is likely to see the highest number of Chinese tourists to the UK ever," said ForwardKeys spokesman David Tarsh.

Staycations are also boosting the industry.

The regional tourist office Welcome to Yorkshire finds that tourism is thriving in the area. Commercial director Peter Dodd said: "We're hearing from lots of our accommodation members, especially cottages, lodges and other self-catering properties, that business is booming with some already fully booked until October."

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