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, nights and spend by overseas visitors by accommodation type since 2006 (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, 9.3MB). 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 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2014 2015
ALL STAYING VISITS (000s)  30,654  30,871  30,142  28,208  28,300  29,197  29,282  32,613  34,436
Bed & breakfast 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 3% 3% 3% 4%
Camping/mobile home 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Free guest with relatives/friends 39% 39% 40% 40% 37% 36% 37% 34% 35%
Holiday village / centre 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 0%
Hostel / university / school 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4%
Hotel / guest house 45% 46% 45% 46% 49% 49% 49% 50% 49%
Other 7% 7% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5% 6% 7%
Own home 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Paying guest at family / friends 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2%
Rented house 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 4% 4%

Nights by accommodation usage - all staying visits

% of nights by usage 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2014 2015
ALL STAYING VISITS (000s) 273,417 251,522 245,775 229,391 227,960 234,363 230,149 264,366 272,941
Bed & breakfast 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 2% 2% 2% 3%
Camping / mobile home 2% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Free guest with relatives / friends 49% 48% 50% 49% 47% 46% 47% 42% 44%
Holiday village / centre 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 0%
Hostel / university / school 8% 6% 6% 7% 7% 8% 8% 7% 7%
Hotel / guest house 21% 23% 22% 24% 26% 26% 26% 27% 27%
Other 3% 3% 3% 2% 2% 2% 2% 4% 4%
Own home 3% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2%
Paying guest at family / friends 4% 3% 3% 2% 2% 3% 3% 3% 3%
Rented house 9% 10% 9% 10% 9% 9% 8% 11% 9%

Spend by accommodation usage - all staying visits

% of spend by usage 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2014 2015
ALL STAYING VISITS (£m) £15,759 £15,699 £16,058 £16,354 £16,649 £17,666 £18,245 £21,578 £21,787
Bed & breakfast 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3%
Camping / mobile home 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Free guest with relatives / friends 29% 27% 28% 27% 26% 25% 25% 21% 22%
Holiday village / centre 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Hostel / university / school 6% 5% 5% 6% 6% 6% 6% 6% 6%
Hotel / guest house 48% 50% 49% 48% 52% 52% 53% 52% 53%
Other 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 1% 2% 2%
Own home 3% 3% 3% 3% 2% 2% 3% 2% 2%
Paying guest at family / friends 3% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 3% 2% 2%
Rented house 6% 6% 7% 8% 7% 7% 6% 10% 8%

Accommodation usage by region in 2015

As with the UK level data, accommodation is available at regional level also - for subregion level scroll down. Below is the summary of visits by overseas visitors by accommodation type, by region in 2015. More regional detailed data back to 2001 including visits, nights and spend by accommodation type and journey purpose is available to download here (XLS, 5.9MB). Data for 2013, with different accommodation categories, can be downloaded here (XLS, 393KB).

Visits (000s) Bed &
Breakfast
Camping/
mobile home

Free guest
with relatives/
friends

Holiday village/
centre

Hostel/
university/
school

Hotel/
guest house
Other Own home Paying guest
at family/
friends
Rented
house
ALL STAYING VISITS 1,349 300 11,881 60 1,267 16,796 2,317 401 736 1,421
TOTAL ENGLAND 1.056 221 11,060 42 1,112 15,484 1,969 369 713 1,245
London 517 35 5,023 11 642 10,952 355 179 246 785
Rest of England 568 204 6,405 31 515 5,339 1,695 190 481 481
England's North Country 171 54 1,642 6 117 1,680 506 43 51 134
Central England 140 60 2,198 6 135 1,687 892 58 42 96
Southern England 315 132 2,868 19 278 2,398 618 89 390 260
North East 39 9 199 2 21 225 58 7 11 20
North West 84 32 952 4 73 1,140 323 22 31 79
Yorkshire 65 20 539 1 29 416 176 14 10 41
West Midlands 62 21 718 2 44 708 525 13 8 34
East Midlands 25 21 501 3 20 341 184 17 5 28
East of England 58 22 1,038 1 74 694 232 29 29 37
South West 175 73 904 4 68 811 169 32 108 129
South East 169 88 2,041 15 213 1,744 490 57 283 138
SCOTLAND 294 70 625 7 162 1,468 101 13 12 134
WALES 58 55 310 12 31 367 84 19 16 63
NORTHERN IRELAND 20 4 86 0 2 65 195 1 1 9