Latest monthly data

The latest available data from the International Passenger Survey is available below. This shows the volume and value of visits to the UK by overseas residents for the most recent month and quarter.

The survey is run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – monthly data is generally available 7 weeks after the end of each month and quarterly data is generally available 4 months after the close of each quarter. For publication dates and more information, please see about the International Passenger Survey.

Inbound visitor statistics for October 2016

Visits and spend figures

  October 2016 Last 3 months (Aug - Oct) Year To Date (Jan - Oct 16)
    % change vs October 15   % change vs. Aug '15 - Oct ’15   % change vs Jan-Oct 15
All visits (000) 3,280 -5% 10,170 -1% 31,410 2%
Spend (£m) £1,860 -8% £6,540 -3% £18,550 -1%
  Rolling 12 months
(Nov 15 - Oct 16)
Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
    % change vs Nov 14-Oct 15 When Record Current deficit
Total visits (000) 36,640 2% Oct 15 - Sep 16 36,820 -180
Spend (£m) £21,840 -1% Sep 15 - Aug 16 £22,140 -300

Visits: The UK received 3.28 million overseas visits in October, down 5% year-on-year, after several months of growth. Last October the UK hosted the Rugby World Cup, which helped bring in a record number of visits. This is the second highest October on record, up 9% on 2014. In the past 3 months, visits are down 1% compared to August-October 2015 at 10.17 million. Year to date visits are tracking 2% ahead of the same time period last year. In the 12 month period to October the UK received 2% more inbound visits than the previous 12 months at 36.64 million visits.

Spending: October spending is down 8% on the same month last year at £1.86 billion. The last 3 months’ spend is tracking 3% down against the same period last year, with spending growth in August offset by declines in September and October. Spend for the year so far is down 1%, and the expenditure total for the 12 months to October reached £21.84 billion, also down 1%.

 

Visits by journey purpose

  October 2016 Last 3 months (Aug - Oct) Year To Date (Jan - Oct 16)
  Visits (000) % change vs October 15   % change vs Aug 15-Oct 15 Visits (000) % change vs Jan-Oct 15
Holiday 1,160 -5% 3,970 -2% 11,780 -4%
VFR 1,010 5% 3,130 4% 9,510 8%
Business 900 0% 2,300 2% 7,660 3%
Miscellaneous 210 -43% 770 -18% 2,450 1%
  Rolling 12 months
(Nov 15 - Oct 16)
Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000)

% change vs Nov 14-Oct 15

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
Holiday 13,410 -3% Apr 15 - Mar 16 13,960 -550
VFR 11,150 7% Nov 15 - Oct 16 11,150 0
Business 9,110 3% May 15 - Apr 16 9,113 -3
Miscellaneous 2,970 2% Apr 07 - Mar 08 3,466 -496

Holiday visits were down 5% in October to 1.16 million, after a brief increase last month. This is still the second highest number of visits recorded in October. The last 3 months and year to date visits are tracking 2% and 4% lower than the same periods last year. Holiday visits in the 12 months to October are currently 3% lower than the 12 months prior.

Visits to friends and relatives (VFR) experienced another increase in visits this month, up 5% in October at 1.01 million, setting a new October record. The last 3 months have seen growth of 4%, and visits year to date are tracking 8% higher. The rolling 12 months period is 7% against the previous 12 months, setting a new record at 11.15 million visits.

During October 2016, Business visits remained flat at 900,000 visits, just short of the monthly record set October last year. Due to high growth seen in the earlier months of 2016, the three month period is tracking 2% higher than the same time period last year, and the year to date is up 3%. Business visit numbers in the rolling 12 months to October 2016 have reached 9.11 million – just short of the record set earlier this year.

Miscellaneous journey purpose visits are a combination of a wide range of different journey purposes, including (but not limited to) short term study, looking for work, shopping, attending a sports event and many more. In October 2016 visits to the UK were 43% lower than last year. The Rugby World Cup, hosted in the UK during October 2015, is a driving factor for this month’s weaker result and this result is similar to the number of visits recorded in October 2014. Year to date there have been 2.45 million visits, 1% more than the same period a year before, due to strong Q2 and Q3 this year.  Miscellaneous visits to the UK were tracking 2% higher in the 12 months to October 2016 than during the previous 12 month period.

Visits by global region

  October 2016 Last 3 months (Aug - Oct) Year To Date (Jan - Oct 16)
  Visits (000) % change
vs Oct 15
  % change vs Aug 15-Oct 15 Visits (000)

% change vs 

Jan-Oct 15

EU15 1,870 -3% 5,340 0% 17,230 1%
Other EU 430 -5% 1,130 -4% 3,800 8%
Rest of Europe 230 4% 630 1% 1,920 1%
North America 350 2% 1,280 8% 3,640 4%
Rest of World 400 -23% 1,790 -5% 4,820 -3%
  Rolling 12 months
(Nov 15 - Oct 16)
Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000) % change vs Nov 14-Oct 15 When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
EU15 20,220 1% Jun 15 - May 16 20,290 -70
Other EU 4,500 7% Aug 15 - Jul 16 4,547 -47
Rest of Europe 2,290 -1% Feb 14 - Jan 15 2,435 -145
North America 4,100 5% Jan 00 - Dec 00 4,869 -769
Rest of World 5,520 -1% Feb 15 - Jan 16 5,663 -143

Visits from EU15 markets were 3% lower than October 2015 at 1.87 million. October 2015 was a particularly strong month, and this year’s visit numbers are still a lot higher than 2014. Visits during the last 3 months were stable compared to the same period last year. For 2016 so far, there have been 17.23 million visits from the EU15 region to the UK, a growth of 1% and setting a new record for this period. Visits during the last 12 months were up 1% on the previous, at 20.23 million.

Visits from Other EU markets are down 5% compared to October 2015, the third consecutive month of declines. The longer term view, however presents a more favourable outlook; on a rolling 12 month view visits are at 4.50 million, growth of 7% year-on-year.

The Rest of Europe saw growth of 4% to 230,000. The 3 months to October 2016 were up 1% on the same period the year before. The year to date is currently up 1% and the 12 month period to October 2016 is 1% lower than the previous 12 months, at 2.29 million visits.

Visits to the UK from North America continue to grow, up 2% in October 2016 to 350,000 visits. Visits were up 8% in the 3 months to October 2016 and 4% up for year to date, driven by consistently favourable strong results. The rolling 12 months result is tracking 5% ahead of the 12 months previously at 4.10 million visits although these results still fall short of the record highs recorded in 2000.

Rest of World reported a 23% decrease in visits to the UK during October 2016 at 400,000 visits, likely to be driven by a decrease in visits from rugby-playing nations such as South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Visits in the last 3 months are 5% lower than the same period last year and year to date is down 3%. Visits to the UK in the rolling twelve months to October 2016 were tracking 1% lower at 5.52 million.

Explore the quarterly data or read more on the October 2016 results (PDF, 655KB).