The UK office of statistics recently reported that they have declined in numbers of visitors from overseas for the first time in seven years. The decline was by 2.9%, from 32.8 million in 2007 to 31.9 million in 2008.

Britain is currently in the midst of its worst recession since World War II. The U.K. central bank predicts that the recession will continue well into 2010, with some thinking that even this projection may be optimistic.

Business trips to the UK fell by a whopping 25 %, says national Travel Trends 2008 report. Numbers of visitors from the United States dropped to 3 million from 3.6 million in 2007.

Trips by U.K. residents abroad also declined, falling by 0.6 percent to 69 million, according to the report. The decline in the total number of overseas visitors to the U.K. was most severe in the last quarter of 2008, when visits dropped 13 percent.

U.K. residents have also cut their own trips abroad as the recession has gained speed. Their trips have fallen by 0.6 percent to a total 69 million journeys per years, according to recent reports. The deterioration overseas visitor’s numbers in the U.K. was at its worst in the last quarter of 2008. In this quarter visits dropped by a dramatic 13 percent.