Tourism trends by market
The International Passenger Survey (IPS) was suspended on 16 March 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic until the start of 2021. The ONS have made every effort to produce high-quality estimates for the periods when IPS data is not being collected but have not been able to produce a full set of results. See the 2020 inbound page for more information.
The 2021 data is ‘incomplete’ as Eurotunnel data was unavailable for Q1 to Q3 but modelled for Q4. In addition, interviewing at Dover restarted from Q3 2021 and pseudo records for the Irish land border were also removed in 2021. More info can be found on the 2021 inbound page.
For 2022, Eurotunnel data was modelled for the first half of the year and the latest data can be found on the monthly and quarterly pages. Interviewing at Eurostar was not affected by Covid-19 restrictions in 2021 or the first half of 2022. The ONS restarted IPS interviews at all ports from July 2022.
Due to the above, no data from 2020 onwards is available on the interactive chart.
Use our interactive charts below for UK data on visits, nights, and spend, as well as filter by age, gender, journey purpose (e.g. holiday, business), season, mode of transport, length of stay and whether package/independent travel. You can also download files showing:
- Market growth and rank from 2003-2019 (XLS, 680KB)
- The top 50 inbound tourism markets for Britain from 2009-2019 (XLS, 78KB)
- Visits and spend from 2005-2019 from smaller/emerging markets (XLS, 70KB)