updated 1/11/2007 4:37:47 PM ET 2007-01-11T21:37:47

American tourists are flocking to Britain, but British tourists are avoiding the States.

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Figures from Britain’s Office for National Statistics show visits by North Americans to Britain were up seven percent last year from the year before.

Visits by U.K. tourists to America were down by nine percent in the same period.

The figures reflect travel from January to November each year.

The discrepancy is despite a favorable dollar-to-pound exchange rate. Tourism experts say part of the reason may be British tourists are turned off by increasing levels of airport security and subsequent delays.

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