According to the Office for National Statistics website, China stood at ninth place in the table of spending by overseas residents on a visit to the UK.
The USA led with a spend of £2,944m, with Germany, France, Australia, the Middle East (not including the UAE) and Spain (in that order) recording a spend of over £1,000m each.
Seventh was Spain, then Ireland, then China (Hong Kong and mainland), which hit £806m in 2014, up from £794m in 2013 and £533m in 2012.
China’s was the highest growth rate over those three years among the Top Ten countries.
In terms of actual visitors, China stood at 16th place, with 34,000 visitors in 2014. Bearing in mind the figure was 35,000 in 2013 and 34,000 in 2012, whilst the number of visitors remains at a steady figure, the increase in spend per head has risen considerably.