January 2017 inbound tourism figures available

The latest IPS figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that the UK received 2.9 million overseas visits in January, up 11% year-on-year, to set a new January record.

In the past 3 months, November 2016-January 2017, visits are up 13% compared to the same time period the year before, to a record 8.8 million, with strong figures for each individual month. In the last 12 month period, visits are tracking 4% ahead of the period before, at 37.6 million visits and setting a new record for highest volume of visits in any 12 month period. January spending is up 15% on last year at £1.50 billion, setting a new January spending record. 

Holiday visits were up 19% in January to 910,000, setting a new January record. During January 2017 Business visits increased 21% to 690,000 visits, the strongest January on record.