London offer every conceivable luxuryLondon's first class retail offer is a big draw to tourists, where most conceivable luxury products can be bought. On average, a visit from Kuwait delivers 4,000 pounds to the UK economy and one from Qatar almost 3,000 pounds. By comparison, a French visitor will spend an average of 343 pounds.
Earlier this year Global Blue stated visitors from Russia saw a spending decline of 17 percent, as a result of the political crisis in the Ukraine and a subsequent drop in the value of the rouble.
For Middle Eastern visitors, Ramadan is a key shopping time in the calendar, and many visitors come to London to escape the heat back home.
Visit Britain found that while Middle Eastern visitors want cutting edge fashion, they are not as interested in buying British food and drink. In contrast, 34 per cent of Belgians, 32 per cent of French and 32 per cent of Japanese visitors are most likely to buy British food and drink to take home.
Shopping in Harrods was chosen as a top activity by one in five respondents to the survey when asked to select their top three British dream holiday experiences.
Overall, international visitors spent 4.5 billion pounds in British shops in 2012, a quarter of total expenditure by foreign tourists that year. Image: Middle Eastern shoppers