As was predicted by a number of industry observers in the wake of the UK’s Brexit vote, a fall in the value of the pound has been a boon for tourism. Some of the first official figures relating to inbound tourism indicates that visitors to the country are spending more.
Global Blue, the company which process tax refunds for purchases being taken outside of the EU said that it had seen a seven percent increase in tax free shopping during July. Of the total figure, 32 percent claiming money back were from China, with a whopping average transaction of £840. American travellers were close behind with an average spend of £734, although they made up only seven percent of the total spend.
Although there is, as yet, no concrete evidence that gaming and amusements sites are enjoying a trickle down effect, there is a strong likelihood that at least some cross section of the machine-friendly tourism sites are seeing an uplift in spending. If the influx of big-spending foreign nationals continues, we may see sites beef up their marking in an attempt to gain a slice of this inbound leisure pound.