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Travel Trends is an annual publication which presents some of the key trends in overseas travel and tourism drawn from the findings of the International Passenger Survey (IPS). Analysis is based on completed visits (for any purpose) of less than 12 months’ duration by:
a) overseas residents to the UK, and
b) UK residents abroad

What is the International Passenger Survey?
The IPS is a continuous survey carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the results of which are used by a number of government departments and organisations. The results are based on face-to-face interviews with a random sample of passengers as they enter or leave the UK by the principal air, sea and tunnel routes.


Travel Trends 2018

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Travel Trends 2018

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ISBN
9781787761322
Author
Office for National Statistics (ONS)
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Publication Date
19 August 2019
Edition
2018
Format
Paperback
Extent
189 pages
Dimensions
A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Travel trends is an annual article that provides estimates and profiles of travel and tourism visits (those of less than 12 months’ duration) and associated earnings and expenditure between the UK and the rest of the world. The International Passenger Survey (IPS) has been providing the source data for travel and tourism since 1961.

This publication presents estimates of overseas visits to and from the UK. An overseas visitor means a person who, being permanently resident in a country outside the UK, visits the UK for a period of less than 12 months. UK citizens resident overseas for 12 months or more coming home on leave are included in this category. Visits abroad are visits for a period of less than 12 months by people permanently resident in the UK (who may be of foreign nationality).

Main points
  • There were fewer overseas residents’ visits to the UK in 2018 than in 2017 and also a fall in the number of visits abroad by UK residents.
  • A total of 37.9 million visits were made by overseas residents to the UK in 2018, which was 3% fewer than in 2017.
  • There were 71.7 million visits overseas by UK residents in 2018, a decrease of 1% when compared with 2017.
  • UK residents spent £45.4 billion on visits overseas in 2018, which was 1% more than in 2017.
  • Overseas residents spent £22.9 billion on visits to the UK in 2018, a decrease of 7% compared with 2017.
  • The most frequent reason for visits was for holidays, both for UK residents visiting abroad and overseas residents visiting the UK.
 


Travel Trends 2017

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Travel Trends 2017

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ISBN
9781787760394
Author
Office for National Statistics (ONS)
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Publication Date
14 September 2018
Edition
2017
Format
Paperback
Extent
189 pages
Dimensions
A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Travel trends is an annual report that provides estimates and profiles of travel and tourism visits (those of less than 12 months’ duration) and associated earnings and expenditure between the UK and the rest of the world.

The International Passenger Survey (IPS) has been providing the source data for travel and tourism since 1961. The IPS is in the process of modernising its data collection approach from data collected on paper forms to an improved method using tablet computers. Tablet data collection was phased in gradually from September 2017 to April 2018 and this transition has required extensive additional data processing and quality assurance.

Main points
  • There was a record number of visits to the UK in 2017 and a record number of visits abroad by UK residents.
  • There were 39.2 million visits by overseas residents to the UK in 2017, 4% more than in 2016.
  • There were 72.8 million visits overseas by UK residents in 2017, an increase of 3% when compared with 2016.
  • Overseas residents spent £24.5 billion on visits to the UK in 2017, an increase of 9% compared with 2016.
  • UK residents spent £44.8 billion on visits overseas in 2017, which was 2% more than in 2016.
  • The most frequent reason for visits was for holidays, both for UK residents visiting abroad and overseas residents visiting the UK.
  • Business visits decreased in 2017, both for UK residents visiting abroad and overseas residents visiting the UK.
 


Travel Trends 2016

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Travel Trends 2016

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ISBN
9781787320581
Author
Office for National Statistics (ONS)
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Publication Date
2 June 2017
Edition
2016
Format
Paperback
Extent
156 pages
Dimensions
A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Travel trends is an annual report that provides estimates and profiles of travel and tourism visits (those of less than 12 months' duration) and associated earnings and expenditure between the UK and the rest of the world. The International Passenger Survey (IPS) has been providing the source data for travel and tourism since 1961.

Main points
  • There was a record number of visits to the UK in 2016 and a record number of visits abroad by UK residents.
  • There were 37.6 million visits by overseas residents to the UK in 2016, which was 4% more than in 2015.
  • There were 70.8 million visits overseas by UK residents in 2016, which was 8% more than in 2015.
  • UK residents spent £43.8 billion on visits overseas in 2016, which was 12% more than in 2015.
  • Overseas residents spent £22.5 billion on visits to the UK in 2016, an increase of 2% compared with 2015.
  • The most frequent reason for visits was for holidays, both for UK residents visiting abroad and overseas residents visiting the UK.
 


Travel Trends 2015

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Travel Trends 2015

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ISBN
9781785841644
Author
Office for National Statistics (ONS)
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Publication Date
2 June 2016
Edition
2015
Format
Paperback
Extent
214 pages
Dimensions
A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Travel Trends is an annual report that provides estimates and profiles of travel and tourism visits (those of less than 12 months' duration) and associated earnings and expenditure between the UK and the rest of the world. The International Passenger Survey (IPS) has been providing the source data for travel and tourism since 1961.
  • In 2015, overseas residents made 36.1 million visits to the UK, 5.1% higher than in 2014.
  • There was an increase in the number of visits to the UK by overseas residents for the fifth consecutive year in 2015, and the highest number of visits since the International Passenger Survey (IPS) began in 1961. The survey also shows the highest recorded visitor spending (without adjusting for inflation).
  • Earnings from visits to the UK reached a record level of spending in the UK of £22.1 billion, they increased by £0.2 billion (1.0%) compared with 2014, before inflation.
  • The number of nights spent in the UK by overseas visitors rose to 273.1 million, an increase of 3.2% compared with the previous year. Visits from North America, Europe and ‘Other Countries’ (countries outside Europe and North America) increased in 2015 by 9.6%, 4.1% and 6.6% respectively. Spending by North American residents and ‘Other Countries’ also grew by 2.9% and 3.9%, however, spending by visitors from Europe showed a decline of 1.4%.
  • Holidays remain the main reason for visits to the UK, accounting for 13.9 million visits, a rise of 2.1% compared with 2014. Business visits and visits to friends and family both showed growths of 7.1%.
  • A record 18.6 million overnight visits to London were made by overseas residents in 2015, an increase of 1.2 million (6.8%) from 2014, and £11.9 billion was spent on these visits.
  • Overnight visits to the rest of England grew by 6.9% to 15.2 million. Visits to Wales rose by 4.0% in 2015, however, visits to Scotland decreased by 4.0%.
 


Travel Trends 2014

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Travel Trends 2014

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ISBN
9781785840128
Author
Office for National Statistics (ONS)
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Publication Date
21 May 2015
Edition
2014
Format
Paperback
Extent
162 pages
Dimensions
A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Travel Trends 2014: Main findings
Trends in visits to the UK by overseas residents
  • There was an increase in the number of visits to the UK by overseas residents for the fourth consecutive year in 2014, and the highest number of visits since the IPS began in 1961. It also had the highest recorded spending.
  • In 2014 overseas residents made 34.4 million visits to the UK, 5.2% higher than in 2013.
  • Earnings from visits to the UK reached a record level of spending in the UK of £21.8 billion, they increased by £0.6 billion (2.8%) compared to 2013.
  • The number of nights spent in the UK rose to 264.6 million, an increase of 7.8% compared to the previous year.
  • Visits from North America and Europe increased in 2014 by 3.3% and 6.6% respectively. Spending from North America and Europe also grew by 11.6% and 4.2%. However, visits and spending by visitors from "Other Countries" showed a decline of 0.2% and 2.9% respectively.
  • Holidays remain the main reason for visits to the UK, accounting for 13.6 million visits, a rise of 7.2% compared with 2013. Business visits and visits to friends and family both showed a growth of 4.8%.
  • A record 17.4 million overnight visits to London were made by overseas residents in 2014, an increase of 0.6 million (3.5%) from 2013, and £11.8 billion was spent on these visits.
  • Overnight visits to the rest of England grew by 5.1% to 14.2 million. Visits to Scotland and Wales also continued to rise in 2014, with Scottish visits up 11.5% and Welsh up 7.3%.

  • Trends in visits abroad by UK Residents
    • UK residents made 4.0% more visits abroad and spent £1.0 billion (3.0%) more during these visits in 2014 than 2013. The length of visit also increased, up 1.9% to 616.5 million nights.
    • UK residents made 60.1 million visits abroad in 2014.
    • The number of visits abroad for holidays grew (up 3.7%) as did visits abroad to friends or family and for business (up 7.8% and 0.1% respectively). Spending on holidays and visits to friends and family increased by 4.5% and 6.5% respectively, while expenditure on business visits abroad fell 3.8%.
    • Visits to North America, Europe and "Other Countries" grew in 2014, up 8.5%, 3.8% and 3.2% respectively. Spending in these regions also increased by 9.9%, 1.3% and 3.8% respectively.
    • Spain continued to be the top destination for UK residents visiting abroad, accounting for 12.2 million visits, a 5.4% increase from the previous year, and accounting for 20.4% of the total number of visits abroad.
     



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