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 February 2017

Visits and spend figures

  February 2017

Last 3 months (Dec 16 - Feb 17)

Year to Date  (Jan - Feb 17)

    % change vs Feb 16   % change vs Dec 15 - Feb 16   % change vs Jan - Feb 16
All visits (000) 2,300 0% 8,010 8% 5,150 6%
Spend (£m) £1,170 6% £4,430 5% £2,670 11%
  Rolling 12 months (Mar 16 - Feb 17) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
    % change vs Mar 15 - Feb 16 When Record Current deficit
Total visits (000) 37,620 3% Mar 16 - Feb 17 37,620 0
Spend (£m) £22,420 1% Mar 16 - Feb 17 £22,420 0

Visits: The UK received 2.3 million overseas visits in February, equalling the record set in February last year. In the past 3 months, visits are up 8% compared to the same time a year before, to a record 8.0 million visits. There have been 5.2 million visits so far in 2017, up 6% on the same period in 2016 and setting a new record. In the last 12 month period, visits are tracking 3% 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.

Spending: February spending is up 6% on last year at £1.17 billion, just short of the 2014 record. The last 3 months’ spend is up 5% on the same period last year, and setting a new record. So far this year, visitors have spent £2.67 billion, setting a new record for the first two months of the year. Spending over the last 12 months is up 1%, at £22.42 billion and setting a new record for the highest spend in any 12 month period.

 

Visits by journey purpose

  February 2017

Last 3 months (Dec 16 - Feb 17)

Year to Date (Jan - Feb 17)

  Visits (000) % change vs Feb 16 Visits (000) % change vs Dec 15 - Feb 16 Visits (000) % change vs Jan - Feb 16
Holiday 720 11% 2,560 15% 1,630 15%
VFR 660 -7% 2,710 6% 1,690 -3%
Business 680 -11% 1,960 -2% 1,370 2%
Miscellaneous 250 45% 780 17% 470 24%
  Rolling 12 months (Mar 16 - Feb 17) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000)

% change vs Mar 15 - Feb 16

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
Holiday 14,030 0% Mar 16 - Feb 17 14,030 0
VFR 11,440 7% Jan 16 - Dec 16 11,490 -50
Business 9,110 3% Feb 16 - Jan 17 9,190 -80
Miscellaneous 3,040 1% Apr 07 - Mar 08 3,466 -426

Holiday visits were up 11% in February to 720,000, setting a new February record. The last 3 months are tracking 15% higher than last year, boosted by strong figures for each individual month and setting a new record for this time period. The latest 12 month period shows holiday visits on par with the period before, with figures matching the record of 14.0 million visits.

Visits to friends and relatives (VFR) were down 7% in February to 660,000. The last 3 months have seen growth of 6%, to 2.7 million visits and setting a new record for this period, due to strong December and January figures. Visits for the latest 12 months are up 7% to 11.4 million.

During Ferbruary 2017, Business visits decreased 11% on last year to 680,000 visits. The three month period is tracking 2% lower than the year before, due to a weaker December too. During the last 12 months, business visit numbers were up 3% overall at 9.1 million.

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 February 2017 visits to the UK were 45% higher than the previous year at 250,000. Visits for the last three months are up 17%, boosted by strong performance for individual months. Visits during the last 12 months are currently up 1%; however, they are still short of the record set in 2008.

Visits by global region

  February 2017

Last 3 months (Dec 16 - Feb 17)

Year to Date (Jan - Feb 17)

  Visits (000) % change
vs Feb 16
Visits (000) % change vs Dec 15 - Feb 16 Visits (000) % change vs Jan - Feb 16
EU15 1,300 -3% 4,550 9% 2,950 8%
Other EU 350 -12% 1,070 -1% 680 -7%
Rest of Europe 160 13% 480 -3% 340 5%
North America 160 -4% 680 9% 400 2%
Rest of World 330 30% 1,240 16% 790 15%
  Rolling 12 months (Mar 16 - Feb 17) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000)

% change vs 

Mar 15 - Feb 16

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
EU15 20,870 3% Feb 16 - Jan 17 20,910 -40
Other EU 4,590 6% Jan 16 - Dec 16 4,640 -50
Rest of Europe 2,300 0% Feb 14 - Jan 15 2,435 -135
North America 4,260 7% Jan 00 - Dec 00 4,869 -609
Rest of World 5,610 -1% Feb 15 - Jan 16 5,663 -53

Visits from EU15 markets were 3% lower than February 2016 at 1.3 million. Visits during the last 3 months were up 9% compared to the same period the year before, setting a new record for this period. In the last 12 months, there were 20.9 million visits from EU15 markets, up 3% on the year before, and just short of January’s record.

Visits from Other EU markets were down 12% compared to February 2016, at 350,000 visits. The last three months were down 1% at 1.1 million due to a weaker start to the year. Visits were up 6% to 4.6 million for the last 12 months, and just short of the record set at the end of 2016.

The Rest of Europe visits increased 13% in February 2017, just short of the record set in 2014. The last three months, however, were down 3% on the same period the year before, due to a weak December. The latest 12 months are on par with the period before.

After consistently strong growth, visits to the UK from North America decreased 4% in February 2017 to 160,000 visits. Visits were up 9% in the last three months, at 680,000. During the last 12 months, the UK received 4.3 million visits from this region, 7% higher than the period before, driven by consistent growth throughout the year, and inching closer to the peak visitor numbers recorded in 2000.

Rest of World reported a 30% increase in visits to the UK during February 2017 at 330,000 visits, setting a new February record. Visits in the last three months are up 16%, again setting a new record. Visits for the latest 12 month period and tracking 1% lower than the period before, due to fluctuations throughout 2016.

Explore the quarterly data or read more on the February 2017 results (PDF, 728KB).