U.K. quite popular with U.S. crowd

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LONDON -- Overseas arrivals to the U.K. are booming this year, according to VisitBritain, with growth from the U.S. outpacing other source markets in both January and February.

Some 433,000, or 12% more, Americans visited Britain the first two months of this year, compared to 386,000 in 2003, while the U.K. registered cumulative 10% growth in overall visitor numbers.

Rob Franklin, executive vice president for the Americas, attributed the rebound from the "price sensitive" U.S. market to discount campaigns and promotions from VisitBritain and its partners.

To contact reporter Kenneth Kiesnoski, send e-mail to [email protected].

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