Gulf tourists splash cash in ailing UK high streets

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Gulf tourists spent the most amount of money per head in the UK in 2011 as tourists spending power reached a record GBP£18.5bn (US$27.9bn), according to new data.

Tourists from the oil-rich GCC spent GBP£442 per head followed by visitors from Nigeria (GBP£432) and China (GBP£405), the UK’s main tourist body VisitBritain said.

An estimated 18m foreign visitors spent GBP£4.5bn in British retail outlets in 2011, up seven percent from the previous year. The figure is expected to increase to GBP£4.7bn in 2012.

Nearly 300,000 visitors came to Britain solely to shop with personal shoppers, spending more than GBP£168m in 2011 while shopping in Harrods was chosen as the top activity by almost one in five visitors polled.

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Posted by: anti-fernandez

Argentina being one of the main ones eh.

Love those exchange rates and "offical" inflation figures you try and bamboozle your own people with.

Posted by: Mark Zoro

The Brit's or the English rather change their arrogant attitudes towards the foreigners and start seeing them as humans or they will loose them and their custom to others - plenty of countries fishing for revenue.

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