GB Tourism Survey: 2017 overview

Get a snapshot of domestic tourism in 2017 with the latest Great Britain Tourism Survey (GBTS) data. 

GB Tourism Survey: 2017 Overview

2017 Domestic Overnight Tourism Performance Summary 

In 2017, British residents took 100.6 million overnight trips in England, totalling 299 million nights away from home and expenditure of £19 billion,with an average trip length of 3 nights.

Overall trends

The number of domestic trips to England was 1% higher than in 2016.

Trends by trip purpose

Holiday travel

47.2 million holiday trips were taken in England in 2017. The number of holiday trips taken was 6% higher than in 2016.

At 31.4 million, short breaks of 1-3 nights account for two-thirds of English holidays by volume. 15.8 million 4+ night holidays were taken. 

Business travel

14.2 million overnight business trips were taken in England in 2017. The number of business trips was on par with 2016.

Visiting friends and relatives (VFR)

The number of VFR trips taken declined by 1% in 2017, to 36.6 million.

Further detail about trip profiles and demographic characteristics can be found in our summary tables:


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