The West Coast is facing a decline in visitor numbers for the approaching season, according to industry experts.

Recently released tourist spending figures showed a 3 percent decline in the region for the year to the end of June. The month of June itself was down 23 percent compared with 2018.

Though visitor numbers from mainland Europe, Southeast Asia, and the United States remained strong, the UK and China both saw a decline. According to West Coast regional tourism manager Jim Little, the global political situation could be to blame, with Brexit and the threat of a United States-China trade war affecting the market.