Latest monthly data

The latest available data from the International Passenger Survey is available below. This shows the volume and value of visits to the UK by overseas residents for the most recent month and quarter.

The survey is run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – monthly data is generally available 7 weeks after the end of each month and quarterly data is generally available 4 months after the close of each quarter. For publication dates and more information, please see about the International Passenger Survey.

Inbound visitor statistics for April 2015

Visits and spend figures

Spend & Visits April 2015 Year to date (Jan-Apr 15)

Rolling 12 months

(May14-Apr 15)

    % change
vs Apr 14
  % change vs Jan-Apr 14  

% change vs May13-Apr 14

All visits (000) 3,140 6% ↑ 10,010 3% ↑ 34,630 4% ↑
Spend (£m) £1,540 1% ↑ £5,080 -7% ↓ 21,490 0%

Nominal spending by overseas visitors to the UK was up by 1% in April 2015 against the same month last year. It was the second highest April spending overall, down 8% against the record set in 2013. Taking a longer term view, spending in the rolling twelve months to April 2015 was on par with the previous 12 months, whereas year to date posted a 7% reduction.  

The UK welcomed 3.14 million visits in April, 6% more than in the same month last year. Visits were tracking at record levels for the four months to April, having exceeded 10 million for the first time.  Visits between May 2014 and April 2015 were 4% higher than during the previous twelve months – again setting a new record.

Visits by journey purpose

By journey purpose April 2015 Last 3 months (Feb-Apr) Year to date (Jan-Apr)
  Visits (000) % change
vs April 14
Visits (000) % change vs Feb-Apr14 Visits (000) % change vs Jan-Apr14
Holiday 1,380 6%  2,870 3%  3,530 0%
VFR 890 4% ↑ 2,180 6% ↑ 3,070 3% ↑
Business 700 18% ↑ 2,040 4% ↑ 2,720 11% ↑
Miscellaneous 170 -18% ↓ 530 -11% ↓ 690 -14% ↓

April was a strong month for Business (18%), Holiday (6%) and VFR (4%) visits, with Miscellaneous being the only journey purpose which posted a decrease (-18%) against April 2014 results. A new monthly record was set by Holiday visits (1.38 million), up 6% against the previous record set last year. Business visits were up 18% against the weak April of 2014. Overall, 700,000 is the second highest April result for business visits, only beaten by 2008, the year before global financial crises took effect. UK residents welcomed 890,000 friends and relatives in April 2015, only 9,000 fewer than in 2007 when the current record was set.

Visits by world region

By world region April 2015 Last 3 months (Feb-Apr) Year to date (Jan-Apr)
  Visits (000) % change
vs Apr14
Visits (000) % change vs Feb-Apr14 Visits (000) % change vs Jan-Apr14
EU15 2,040 11% ↑ 4,750 5% ↑ 6,040 4% ↑
Other EU 310 12% ↑ 880 6% ↑ 1,200 9% ↑
Rest of Europe 200 -8% ↓ 510 -9% ↓ 670 -5% ↓
North America 250 -15% ↓ 610 -5% ↓ 810 -5% ↓
Rest of the world 340 2% ↑ 870 1% ↑ 1,290 2%↑

For the first time visits from EU15 countries exceeded 2 million during any one month, breaking the previous record set in August 2006 by 2%.  EU15 are the UKs largest inbound world region accounting for 65% of all visits in April 2015. Compared to April 2014, there were 208,000 more visits to the UK from these countries, an increase of 11%.  Year to date figure for April topped 6 million mark for the first time, whereas rolling 12 months remained just shy of 20 million, also setting a new April record.

Explore the quarterly data or read more on the April 2015 results.