Weak pound boosting UK tourism industry

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The number of tourists visiting the UK from China has risen by almost a fifth this summer, the latest figures show.

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.