The Office for National Statistics (ONS) who are responsible for the International Passenger Survey (IPS) were not able to interview at Eurotunnel from January - June 2022 so the data and below and in the monthly summary (PDF, 396KB) excludes those travelling via this port. In addition, no estimates are included for any travel across the Irish border.
Visits and spend
|TOTAL||JANUARY 2022||FEBRUARY 2022||MARCH 2022||APRIL 2022||MAY 2022||June 2022||YEAR-TO-DATE (JAN-JUN 2022)|
Visits: The UK received 3.0 million visits in June 2022. Visits have continued to increase month-on-month as traveller confidence is built up again. For the first half of 2022 there were almost 12 million inbound visits.
Spending: Inbound visitors spent £2.7bn in June 2022. Following the same pattern as visits, spend has continued to grow month-on-month with total inbound spend reaching £9.8bn for the first 6 months of 2022.
Visits by journey purpose
|JOURNEY PURPOSE (VISITS) (000)||JANUARY 2022||FEBRUARY 2022||MARCH 2022||APRIL 2022||MAY 2022||June 2022||YEAR-TO-DATE (JAN-JUN 2022)|
Across journey purposes, visits have continued to grow throughout the first 6 months of 2022, peaking in June 2022.
Holiday visits reached the 1 million mark in May and grew further in June. Holiday visits accounted for 44% of all visits in June, though only 36% across the first half of 2022.
There were over 1 million inbound visits to friends and relatives in the UK in June 2022. Despite holiday visits overtaking VFR as the number 1 journey purpose in the most recent couple of months (May and June), a strong start to 2022 means visiting friends and family still accounts for the highest proportion of visits in the first 6 months of 2022 (39%).
Business visits totalled 2.2 million in the first half of 2022. Business visits grew month on month, although posted a small dip in April.
All other visits, under ‘miscellaneous’, which includes study, accounted for 182,000 visits in June 2022, totalling 790,000 in the first 6 months of 2022.
Visits by global region
|GLOBAL REGION (VISITS)||JANUARY 2022||FEBRUARY 2022||MARCH 2022||APRIL 2022||MAY 2022||JUNE 2022||YEAR-TO-DATE (JAN-JUN 2022)|
|Rest of Europe||66||64||128||177||161||157||754|
|Rest of World||173||126||224||283||395||514||1,720|
Europe made up 68% of all inbound visits to the UK in the first half of 2022, equating to 8.2m visits. Visits to the UK from Europe peaked in May 2022. Visits from the EU15 markets accounted for ¾ of all Europe visits in between January-June 2022 – 6.1 m visits and half (51%) of all visits to the UK in the first 6 months of 2022.
There were 756,000 visits from North America in June 2022. During the first half of 2022 there were 2.1m inbound visits to the UK from North America.
The Rest of the World saw 514,000 visits to the UK in June 2022 with some of the markets in this region still under lockdown and subject to stricter travel rules throughout 2022
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