July 24, 2020 / 8:48 AM / 20 days ago

Overseas visits to UK halved in March as COVID-19 struck

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) - The number of overseas visitors to Britain halved in March, the first month in which COVID-19 seriously affected travel, and there was a similar fall in British people going abroad, official figures showed on Friday.

The number of visits to Britain dropped to 1.4 million, 54% fewer than in March 2019, while the number of Britons travelling overseas fell by 50% to 3.2 million, Britain’s Office for National Statistics said. (Reporting by William Schomberg, writing by David Milliken)

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