Inbound accommodation research

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

From 22 May we will be working to update all of the data and documents on this page following the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revision of the International Passenger Survey (IPS) data for 2009-2018 and the released detailed 2019 data. Please be patient as we update these pages or contact the VisitBritain research team if you have any questions- VB/VEResearch@visitbritain.org. Thank you.

Below is a table summarising nights spent by overseas visitors by accommodation type since 2010 (where visitors stayed at least one night).

Download more detailed data including accommodation by journey purpose, country of residence, age and mode of travel back to 2004 (XLS, 12.6MB). 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. Download the 2013 accommodation data (XLS, 2.7MB)

Accommodation usage - all staying visits

% of nights by accommodation type 2010 2011 2012 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Hotel/guest house 49% 50% 49% 51% 50% 48% 50% 51% 51%
Free guest with relatives or friends 37% 36% 37% 34% 34% 35% 34% 33% 33%
Bed & breakfast 4% 3% 3% 3% 4% 4% 5% 5% 4%
Rented house/flat 3% 3% 3% 4% 4% 4% 5% 5% 6%
Hostel/university/school 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 3% 3% 3%
Paying guest at family or friends' house 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 1% 1% 1%
Own home 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Camping/Caravan 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Holiday village/Centre 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Other 5% 5% 5% 6% 6% 7% 6% 6% 6%

Accommodation usage by region in 2018

As with the UK level data, accommodation is available at regional level also. Below is at table summarising nights spent by overseas visitors by accommodation type, by region in 2018.

Download more regional detailed data back to 2001 (XLS, 6.8MB), including visits, nights and spend by accommodation type and journey purpose.

Regional data for 2013, with different accommodation categories can be downloaded in this document (XLS, 393KB).

% of NIGHTS by accommodation type Hotel Free guest B&B Rented house Hostel Paying guest Own home Camping Other
TOTAL ENGLAND 31% 44% 3% 8% 8% 1% 1% 1% 3%
London 42% 37% 3% 7% 7% 1% 1% 0% 1%
Rest of England 20% 50% 3% 8% 8% 1% 2% 1% 5%
England's North Country 23% 51% 2% 6% 7% 1% 2% 1% 7%
Central England 19% 54% 2% 6% 9% 1% 2% 1% 6%
Southern England 19% 47% 4% 11% 9% 2% 2% 2% 4%
North East 17% 44% 3% 2% 8% 0% 0% 0% 25%
North West 28% 48% 2% 7% 8% 1% 1% 1% 4%
Yorkshire 18% 60% 2% 7% 4% 0% 4% 1% 4%
West Midlands 23% 54% 1% 6% 6% 1% 2% 0% 8%
East Midlands 18% 52% 1% 8% 13% 2% 2% 0% 4%
East of England 16% 57% 2% 6% 9% 2% 2% 2% 4%
South West 16% 37% 5% 17% 14% 1% 2% 3% 5%
South East 22% 54% 3% 7% 5% 2% 2% 2% 4%
SCOTLAND 39% 32% 7% 5% 8% 0% 2% 3% 2%
WALES 21% 44% 5% 9% 6% 3% 4% 5% 3%
NORTHERN IRELAND 16% 51% 1% 3% 2% 0% 0% 1% 26%