GB Tourism Survey: 2019 overview

Get a snapshot of domestic tourism in 2019 with the latest Great Britain Tourism Survey (GBTS) data. 

GB Tourism Survey: 2019 Overview

2019 Domestic Overnight Tourism Performance Summary 

In 2019, British residents took 99.1 million overnight trips in England, totalling 290 million nights away from home and expenditure of £19.4 billion,with an average trip length of 3 nights.

Overall trends

The number of domestic trips to England was +2% higher than in 2018.

Trends by trip purpose

Holiday travel

46.4 million holiday trips were taken in England in 2019. The number of holiday trips taken was 3% higher than in 2018.

At 31.6 million, short breaks of 1-3 nights account for just over two-thirds of English holidays by volume. 14.8 million 4+ night holidays were taken. 

Business travel

14 million overnight business trips were taken in England in 2019. The number of business trips was +0% down on 2018.

Visiting friends and relatives (VFR)

The number of VFR trips taken increased by +2% in 2019, to 36.1 million.

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


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