Travelmole's Bev Fearis is reporting that British outbound tourist numbers are down sharply in 2009. Citing provisional figures from the International Passenger Survey, Travelmole observes that overseas trips in the first four months of 2009 are down 16 percent in comparison to the first four months of 2008.
Visits to the UK are down a full 10 percent in 2009.
These are not surprising developments considering the climate. The latter figure certainly helps explain why hotels in London are considerably less expensive this summer than they were last.