The latest data released last week by the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that—despite the weak pound and the shock to the UK’s Central Nervous System caused by the June 23, 2016 “Brexit” vote in which Britons voted to leave the European Union—outbound traffic to North America for the five months following the Brexit vote has actually increased be nearly two percent, year-over-year, for the same period in 2015. (Note: about 90 percent of UK visitor traffic to North America goes to the USA).
To put the information in perspective, we’ve entered it into the following four-year table below.
Also, overall, In the 3 months to November 2016, UK residents made 18.5 million visits abroad, an increase of 10 percent compared with the same period in 2015. There was an 18 percent increase in trips made to visit friends and relatives, while the number of holidays increased by 8 percent and business trips increased by 9 percent.