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UK business travellers reduce overseas trips

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The number of overseas business trips made by UK residents fell by 1 per cent during the first half of the year.

There were 3.72 million business trips abroad in the six-month period – down from 3.76 million visits during the same period last year, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This compares with a 4 per cent rise in the number of overseas holidays taken by Britons in the first half of the year, which increased to 20.1 million.

The figures also show that there was a 7 per cent decline in UK business trips overseas for the three months between April and June – this was partly due to Easter falling in April this year when there was a drop of 12.5 per cent in business traffic.

Over the last 12 months, the number of overseas business trips by UK residents fell by 2 per cent to 7.12 million.

The number of business trips to the UK by overseas residents also dropped by 3 per cent to 4.53 million during the first half of 2017. This compares with a 20 per cent rise in overseas holidaymakers to the UK, which increased to 7.53 million.

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