Visitor numbers to the UK in 2012 are expected to be in line with those witnessed this year, despite the London Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee taking place during the 12 months. VisitBritain said it expects visitor numbers to remain the same as this year in 2012. It forecasts 30.7 million arrivals next year, which will bring in a total of £17.6m into the UK economy. Sandie Dawe, VisitBritain chief executive, said: “While these figures are in line with expected numbers in 2011, maintaining current visitor levels would be a good outcome in a year that is proving difficult to predict due to the current global economic climate and the impact this may have in many of our key markets.” Dawe said that the UK should see a record number of holiday visits this year, although the business travel market is down, which he said could fall further if the economy worsens. However, Dawe said hosting the Olympics would still be a bonus for UK tourism. He said: “2012 gives us an unprecedented opportunity to showcase Britain in a way that we have never had before, allowing us to revitalise our appeal in mature markets and help us get Britain on the destination wish list of first time visitors from growth markets such as Brazil, China, India and Russia.”