Chinese tourists give UK high streets a boost over Golden Week public holiday

Helen Cahill
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The UK high street received a spending boost from Chinese tourists at the beginning of this month, after a disappointing period for retailers in September.

The Office for National Statistics released a disappointing set of September retail sales figures yesterday, announcing that sales were growing at the slowest level for four years.

However, data from payments firm Worldpay, out today, shows Chinese shoppers flocked to the UK for the Golden Week public holiday, which took place on the week of 1 October.

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Visitors from China spent £29m using cards during the week, and £11m was spent in London.

Takings from Chinese customers in the pubs and restaurants of the West End jumped 23 per cent as compared to an average week in September, Worldpay said.

Worldpay's James Frost said: "Britain's status as a world-class destination for shopping has captured the attention of Chinese tourists who are flocking to the UK in their droves. According to one recent study, flight bookings from China to the UK are up 10 per cent year-on-year or the September to November period of 2017."

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