Understanding Business Visits
Business visits accounted for 22% of all inbound visits in 2018, with 8.8 million such visits, and contributed £4.5 billion in spend. Read our latest foresight report ‘Understanding Business Visits’ (PDF, 866KB) to explore the business sub category data in more detail.
Some key highlights from the report show there were 3.3 million visits were made to attend small and medium sized meetings (up to 20 people), while close to 1.5 million MICE visits were made to attend a large meeting (21+ people), a conference, convention or congress, an incentive or team building events, or an exhibition, event or trade show.
Regional breakdown of visits are provided, with London continuing to lead in terms of share of visits, nights and spend for business visits to the UK overall, and for MICE visits.
Business visits by market
The latest annual data from the International Passenger Survey is available below. View data for visits, nights, and spend of business visitors, as well as filter visits by age, gender, season, mode of transport, length of stay for the last full year of data. We also have latest quarterly data available for the whole of the UK, for the nations and regions of Britain and annual trends by area where you can filter by journey purpose (including business visits).