They say Manchester has its Red and Blue parts but each time the stats are checked; it is proved that Manchester is Red. Almost one million tourists travelled to Britain last year, out of which, mostly visted Manchester and Old Trafford.
The 900,000 foreigners spent a total of £706 million, an average of £785 per fan. This was concluded from a survey conducted by VisitBritain.
Each year, sports tourism contributes £2.3 billion to the British economy as the tourists visit them. They also spend a further amount of £1.2 billion on this game. 40% of the foreign fans visited Britain to watch a game.
Some of the fans had visited to attend the 2011 Champions League Finals at the Wembley Stadium. However, the most popular sports’ tourist destination was none other than Old Trafford since 2010.
Old Trafford is followed by Anfield, the Emirates Stadium, Stamford Bridge, White Hart Lane, Wembley, Goodison Park, the Etihad Stadium, Upton Park and Villa Park.
The Office for National Statistics International Passenger Survey have football to be a “highly effective tool” in attracting visitors to Britain, VisitBritain said.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said, “The Premier League is now the most watched and supported football league in the world and there’s a huge amount of effort being made to connect with our international fans.
“Little though beats the thrill of a Premier League matchday and it’s very encouraging to hear that football can play an important role in increasing the numbers of international visitors to this country.”
Despite everything said and done, Manchester United remains one of the biggest clubs in the world attracting a large number of fans to England each year.