Inbound accommodation research

Each year the International Passenger Survey asks visitors about the type of accommodation that they stayed in whilst visiting Britain.

Below is the summary of visits by overseas visitors by accommodation type since 2007 (where visitors stayed at least one night). More detailed data including accommodation type by journey purpose, country of residence, age and mode of travel back to 2004 is available to download here (XLS, 10.4MB). Data is available at the regional level towards the bottom of this page.

Please note for 2013 the accommodation categories were reduced therefore the data is not comparable by accommodation category and is available separately here (XLS, 2.4MB)

Visits by accommodation usage - all staying visits

% of visits by usage 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2014 2015 2016
Hotel 46% 45% 46% 49% 49% 49% 50% 49% 47%
Free guest 39% 40% 40% 37% 36% 37% 34% 35% 35%
Bed & breakfast 4% 4% 4% 4% 3% 3% 3% 4% 4%
Rented house 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 4% 4% 4%
Hostel 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 3%
Paying guest 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2%
Own home 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Camping 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Holiday village 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% 0%
Other 7% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 6% 7% 8%

Accommodation usage by region in 2016

As with the UK level data, accommodation is available at regional level also. Below is the summary of visits by overseas visitors by accommodation type, by region in 2016. More regional detailed data back to 2001 including visits, nights and spend by accommodation type and journey purpose is available to download here (XLS, 6.3MB). Data for 2013, with different accommodation categories, can be downloaded here (XLS, 393KB).

% of visits by usage Hotel Free guest B&B Rented house Hostel Paying guest Own home Camping Other
TOTAL ENGLAND 45% 34% 4% 4% 3% 2% 1% 1% 7%
London 56% 28% 4% 4% 3% 1% 1% 0% 2%
Rest of England 33% 41% 4% 3% 3% 2% 1% 1% 13%
England's North Country 38% 37% 3% 3% 2% 1% 1% 1% 13%
Central England 29% 43% 3% 2% 2% 1% 1% 1% 19%
Southern England 32% 39% 5% 4% 3% 4% 1% 2% 11%
North East 35% 37% 4% 1% 4% 0% 1% 1% 16%
North West 43% 34% 3% 2% 2% 0% 1% 1% 13%
Yorkshire 32% 41% 4% 4% 2% 1% 1% 1% 14%
West Midlands 33% 35% 2% 2% 2% 0% 1% 1% 24%
East Midlands 24% 46% 3% 1% 2% 0% 1% 1% 22%
East of England 27% 49% 3% 2% 3% 1% 1% 1% 13%
South West 32% 35% 7% 5% 3% 4% 1% 3% 9%
South East 34% 39% 4% 3% 3% 3% 1% 2% 11%
SCOTLAND 51% 24% 9% 3% 5% 1% 0% 2% 4%
WALES 33% 32% 7% 4% 2% 1% 1% 5% 15%
NORTHERN IRELAND 18% 20% 5% 1% 4% 0% 1% 1% 49%