International business travellers spent £5bn on trips to the UK last year, an increase of 11% on 2012, a study has shown.
The fastest-growing trading partners on business trips to this country were Estonia, Mexico, Jamaica, Spain and Greece, said the report by banking giant Santander. The top three countries for business travel to the UK were the United States, Germany and France.
Business journeys from the UK last year were worth £1.5bn, with the same three countries topping the list of destinations. There were big increases in business travel to Asia, particularly China and India.
Marcelino Castrillo of Santander said: “The UK continues to be at the centre of world trade, with a growing number of UK businesses benefiting from exporting their goods and services abroad and working with overseas supply chain partners.”