GB Tourism Survey (domestic overnight tourism): Latest results

The Great Britain Tourism Survey (GBTS) is a national consumer survey measuring the volume and value of domestic overnight tourism trips taken by residents in Great Britain, and provides detailed information about trip and visitor characteristics.

GBTS 2018 monthly results

January / February: Table of results (PDF, 556KB) | Table of results (PPT, 1.6MB)Commentary of results (PDF, 1.8MB) | Commentary of results (PPT, 3.4MB)

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:

England

Great Britain

GBTS 2017 monthly results

December: Table of results (PDF, 544KB) | Table of results (PPT, 1.6MB) | Commentary of results (PDF, 1.5MB) | Commentary of results (PPT, 3.4MB) 

Note: December 2017 commentary of results file re-published due to change in 'total self-catering rented' accommodation type numbers. 

November: Table of results (PDF, 520KB) | Table of results (PPT, 1.5MB)Commentary of results (PDF, 1.5MB)Commentary of results (PPT, 3.3MB)

October: Table of results (PDF, 520KB) | Table of results (PPT, 1.5MB)Commentary of results (PDF, 1.5MB)Commentary of results (PPT, 3.3MB)

September: Table of results (PDF, 515KB) | Table of results (PPT, 1.5MB)Commentary of results (PDF, 1.5MB)Commentary of results (PPT, 3384KB)

August: Table of results (PDF, 509KB) | Table of results (PPT, 1.5MB)Commentary of results (PDF, 1.5MB)Commentary of results (PPT, 3.4MB)

July: Table of results (PDF, 495KB) | Table of results (PPT, 1.5MB)Commentary of results (PDF, 1.5MB)Commentary of results (PPT, 3.3MB)

June: Table of results (PDF, 401KB) | Table of results (PPT, 1553KB)Commentary of results (PDF, 1.3MB)Commentary of results (PPT, 2MB)

May: Table of results (PDF, 401KB) | Table of results (PPT, 1.5MB)Commentary of results (PDF, 1.3MB)Commentary of results (PPT, 2MB)

April: Table of results (PDF, 410KB) | Table of results (PPT, 1.5MB)Commentary of results (PDF, 1327KB)Commentary of results (PPT, 2MB)

Note: April table of results re-published on 3rd August 2017 due to a slight change in bednights numbers. 

March: Table of results (PDF, 486KB) | Table of results (PPT, 1.5MB)Commentary of results (PDF, 1.3MB) | Commentary of results (PPT, 2MB)

January / February: Table of results (PDF, 486KB) | Table of results (PPT, 1.5MB)Commentary of results (PDF, 1.3MB) | Commentary of results (PPT, 2MB)

Trips to different parts of England in 2017

Each quarter we publish GBTS results for the nine regions of England, covering the volume and value of domestic overnight trips to different parts of England. These include quarterly, year-to-date and past 12-month figures.

GBTS Quarterly Regional Summary Q3 2017 (PDF, 438KB)

GBTS Quarterly Regional Summary Q2 2017 (PDF, 437KB)   

GBTS Quarterly Regional Summary Q1 2017 (PDF, 437KB)

GBTS 2016 monthly results

December: Commentary of results (PDF, 1451KB) | Commentary of results (PPT, 3374KB)

GBTS 2016 Data

Update 29th September 2017

In 2016, a new data processing platform was introduced to deliver the GBTS survey, and with this new platform, some changes were made to the way that results were calculated for a small number of respondents. This has resulted in a break in the time series reporting for the project.

To enable users to understand the impact of the changes made, we have now re-processed 2015 data using the new 2016 data processing platform. In summary, the effect of these changes at GB level was to increase the estimated number of 2015 trips by 0.6%, the estimated number of bednights by 0.2% and to reduce expenditure by -2.9% compared to the published data.

The 2015 – 16 Comparison Report includes a month by month overview of original and re-processed data for 2015, with both sets of results compared to 2016 data, for trips, bednights and expenditure. This provides users with information about year on year changes calculated using directly comparable data.

When making trend comparisons between 2015 and 2016, users should refer to the re-processed 2015 data (“Dimensions”). For all other purposes (comparisons between 2015 and earlier years, profiles by trip characteristic etc) the originally published 2015 data should continue to be used.

For more detail about the changes made and further guidance about how to interpret results, the 2015-16 Data Processing Changes Explanation document provides a comprehensive overview of the changes made, the reasons for these, and the way they have impacted results reporting.