Americans spend $3.9bn in the UK: but how do they get their gifts home?

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New research from international courier ParcelHero reveals 2.79 million Americans visited the UK last year, spending $3.9bn. The company has some tips for visitors planning to send gifts back to the US while avoiding excessive excess baggage charges.

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Americans spend $179 per day on average holidaying in the UK, says Parcelhero

Our latest research shows Americans spend $179 a day holidaying in the UK, totalling $3.9bn

Over 28 million holidaymakers visited Britain from overseas in 2014, and over 2.79 million of them were from the USA. The latest research from UK-to-US specialist courier ParcelHero reveals American tourists collectively spend $3.9bn in the UK every year. As a result, ParcelHero is advising American holidaymakers to plan ahead to avoid excess baggage fees and duties on their way home

Says ParcelHero’s Head of Public Relations, David Jinks MILT: ‘Our latest research reveals Americans spend $179 per day on average while holidaying in the UK, totalling $3.9bn last year.’

David says: ‘Once in England, where do Americans go? ParcelHero’s latest research reveals the answer appears to be anywhere a royal has gone! For Americans the main places to visit are Kensington Place, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London (home of the crown jewels) and Hampton Court Palace. Outside London, top spots include Cambridge and Oxford for their rich academic history, while Stateside golf lovers head to St. Andrews in Scotland to play one of the world’s oldest courses.’

But David warns: ‘Last year, international tourists spent over $32.7bn in Britain and Americans contribute a hefty $3.9bn to this total. With temptations such as Harrods, Selfridges, Burberry etc it’s all too easy to go over the weight limit when heading for home. And one hot tip to avoid blowing the baggage allowance on the return trip is to send those gifts to friends and relatives directly from the UK, it’s a cheaper option than buying extra luggage space in the hold.’

David points out: ‘Additionally, Heathrow has 30 miles of baggage conveyors, and processes around 53 million pieces of luggage ever year; but to avoid baggage reclaim blues holidaymakers might want to use an international luggage courier service to send baggage on ahead.’

Concludes David: ‘Companies such as ParcelHero offer international luggage courier services, next day delivery to the USA, and can ship items to the US from under $28 (£18). When sending a parcel to the USA, you will need the correct customs documents to avoid any delay. ParcelHero will help with this and create all the documents necessary as part of the booking process.’

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