Shoppers from Qatar and Thailand are big spenders this summer, reports Global Blue


Experts in tax-free shopping, Global Blue, have revealed that international shoppers from Thailand and Qatar increased their spending per transaction significantly this August in comparison to the same time last year

Latest insight reveals that this August shoppers visiting the UK from Thailand, an emerging market, spent on average £1,131 per transaction, a 43% increase compared to £789 in the same month last year.

Shoppers from Qatar demonstrated the second biggest growth YOY, with a 20% increase, spending on average £1,649 per transaction this August in comparison to £1,377 in August 2018, making shoppers from Qatar the biggest spenders per transaction when visiting the UK in August.

Shoppers from China continue to dominate the market in tax-free shopping in the UK – taking up 26% of the total sales in store between January and August 2019, and 31% of sales in store in August alone.