The Office for National Statistics (ONS) who are responsible for the International Passenger Survey (IPS) released provisional first estimates for July and August 2022 on the morning of Monday 5th December.
Please find a summary of the 2022 monthly data below and in the monthly summary (PDF, 529KB), which also includes a comparison to 2019.
From January to June 2022, the ONS were unable to restart interviewing at Eurotunnel during this period due to COVID-19 restrictions but have modelled passenger numbers to estimate these results and allow comparisons to be made over time.
Interviewing at Eurostar was not affected by Covid-19 restrictions between January and June 2022.
Explore the latest annual and quarterly data on the 2022 inbound page.
Visits and spend
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Visits: 2022 inbound UK visits have continued to increase month-on-month in the 8 months to August as traveller confidence has improved. Up until 2019, July and August have traditionally been the strongest months for inbound visitors to the UK (with August 2019 holding the monthly record) therefore it is encouraging to see these months both performing relatively well this year. Between January and August 2022, the UK welcomed almost 19 million inbound visits.
Spending: In the 8 months to August 2022 inbound visitors to the UK spent a total of £16 billion. Following the same pattern as visits, spend has continued to grow month-on-month, peaking in July and August at a little over £3 billion in each month.
Visits by journey purpose
|JOURNEY PURPOSE (VISITS) (000)||JANUARY 2022||FEBRUARY 2022||MARCH 2022||APRIL 2022||MAY 2022||JUNE 2022||JULY 2022||AUGUST 2022||YEAR-TO-DATE (JAN-AUG 2022)|
Holiday visits have continued to grow in each month of 2022 through to August. There were 1.6 million inbound holiday visits to the UK in August 2022. In the 8 months to August the UK welcomed 7.4 million inbound holiday makers to our shores, accounting for 39% of all inbound visits.
Similar to holiday visits, inbound visits to friends and relatives in the UK have generally improved month on month up to August 2022, peaking at 1.3 million visits in August. Driven by a strong start to 2022, visiting friends and family accounts for 38% (7.1 million) of all inbound visits in the first 8 months of 2022 though the VFR share of visits has stabilised at around 35% since May 2022.
There were 3 million business visits to the UK in the first 8 months of 2022, with July being the strongest month. Business visits accounted for 16% of all inbound visits between January to August 2022.
All other visits, under ‘miscellaneous’, which includes study, contributed 1.3 million visits in the 8 months to August 2022. Similar to business visits, July was the strongest month for miscellaneous visits.
Visits by global region
|GLOBAL REGION (VISITS)||JANUARY 2022||FEBRUARY 2022||MARCH 2022||APRIL 2022||MAY 2022||JUNE 2022||JULY 2022||AUGUST 2022||YEAR-TO-DATE (JAN-AUG 2022)|
|Rest of Europe||72||63||123||172||168||155||260||190||1,203|
|Rest of World||173||126||224||283||395||514||540||560||2,820|
Europe made up 67% of all inbound visits to the UK in the first 8 months of 2022, equating to 12.7 million visits and posting month on month improvements (though a small dip in June). Within Europe, the EU15 markets remain important source markets for inbound visits. Between January – August 2022 visits from the EU15 markets accounted for half of all UK visits.
Visits from North America have continued to improve across the first 8 months of 2022 reaching 3.4 million between January and August 2022. July and August were particularly strong months for visits to the UK from North America - with 630,000 visits in August, this is the highest August visits on record from this region.
The Rest of the World saw 560,000 visits to the UK in August 2022. Overall in the 8 months to August 2022 there were 2.8 million visits to the UK from this region – accounting for 15% of all inbound visits.
Please visit the ONS website for more information.