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 2017

Visits and spend figures

  October 2017

Last 3 months (Aug - Oct 17)

Year to Date (Jan - Oct 17)
    % change vs Oct 16   % change vs Aug - Oct 16     % change vs Jan - Oct 16
All visits (000) 3,150 -6% 10,120 -1%   33,250 5%
Spend (£m) £1.920 1% £7,230 6%   £20,940 10%
  Rolling 12 months (Nov 16 - Oct 17) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
    % change vs Nov 15 - Oct 16 When Record Current deficit
Total visits (000) 39,340 7% Sep 16 - Aug 17 39,590 -250
Spend (£m) £24,460 10% Nov 16 - Oct 17 £24,460 0
  • Visits: The UK welcomed 3.2 million overseas visits in October, down by 6% compared to October 2016. Between August and October 2017 there were 10.1 million inbound visits to the UK, down marginally by 1% on the same period in 2016. However, overseas visits in both the first ten months of 2017 and the rolling 12 months to October 2017 set new records. There were 33.3 million visits to the UK in the first ten months of the year (up 5% on January – October 2016) and 39.3 million visits in the 12 months to October 2017 (up 7% on the 12 months to October 2016).
  • Spending: October 2017 spending rose 1% compared to October 2016 to reach £1.9 billion. But with record results in each of the first nine months of the year, inbound visitors’ spending still shows record results for the latest 3 and rolling 12 months to October 2017: international visitors spent £7.2 billion in August – October 2017 (up 6% on the same months in 2016). The record setting continues over the first ten months of 2017 with inbound spending up 10% on January – October 2016, to a record £20.9 billion, and over the past 12 months, with £24.5 billion spent between November 2016 and October 2017, the highest ever rolling 12-month period.

Visits by journey purpose

  October 2017

Last 3 months (Aug - Oct 17)

Year to Date (Jan - Oct 17)
  Visits (000) % change vs Oct 16 Visits (000) % change vs Aug - Oct 16 Visits (000) % change vs Jan - Oct 16
Holiday 1,120 -5% 4,090 2% 13,370 13%
VFR 1,000 -2% 3,270 4% 9,980 5%
Business 810 -13% 2,030 -13% 7,370 -4%
Miscellaneous 230 8% 740 0% 2,550 5%
  Rolling 12 months (Nov 16 - Oct 17) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000)

% change vs Nov 15 - Oct 16

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
Holiday 15,420 14% Oct 16 - Sep 17 15,480 -60
VFR 12,000 7% Oct 16 - Sep 17 12,020 -20
Business 8,860 -3% Feb 16 - Jan 17 9,300 -440
Miscellaneous 3.080 5% Apr 07 - Mar 08 3,470 -390
  • Holiday visits were down 5% to 1.1 million in October 2017, compared to holiday visits received in October 2016. Despite this decrease, holiday visits for the year to date, latest 3 months, and rolling 12 months to October 2017 all set new records. Between August and October 2017 there were 4.1 million holiday visits to the UK, up 2% on the same 3-month period in 2016. There were also a record 13.4 million holiday visits in the first ten months of 2017, and 15.4 million holiday visits in the latest 12-month period (November 2016 – October 2017), just below the strongest ever 12-month period for inbound holiday visits, achieved last month.
  • Visits to friends and relatives (VFR) were down 2% to 1.0 million in October 2017. However, VFR visits are still tracking 4% higher in the most recent three months compared to 2016. Overall, there were 10.0 million VFR visits to the UK in the first ten months of 2017 – the highest first ten months of any calendar year. There were also 12.0 million VFR visits to the UK in the rolling 12 months to October 2017, almost on par with the strongest ever rolling 12 months for VFR.
  • Business visits continue to be weaker in 2017, compared to 2016. Business visits in October 2017 were down 13% on October 2016. With only January and May registering growth in 2017, there were 4% fewer business visits to the UK in the first ten months of 2017, compared to the same months in 2016.
  • 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 2017 visits to the UK for those miscellaneous purposes were up 8% on the same month a year ago. Visits in the last three months were just on par with those in August – October 2016. But, with double digit growth in February and March 2017, there were 5% more miscellaneous visits in the first ten months of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016 (although not a record).  

Visits by global region

  October 2017

Last 3 months (Aug - Oct 17)

Year to Date (Jan - Oct 17)
  Visits (000) % change
vs Oct 16
Visits (000) % change vs Aug - Oct 16 Visits (000) % change vs Jan - Oct 16
EU Total 2,040 -13% 6,390 -2% 21,580 2%
EU15 1,680 -11% 5,230 -2% 17,560 2%
Other EU 360 -22% 1,160 -2% 4,020 4%
Rest of Europe 270 17% 680 5% 2,120 9%
North America 330 -8% 1,160 -11% 4,080 11%
Rest of World 520 30% 1.900 10% 5,490 16%
  Rolling 12 months (Nov 16 - Oct 17) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000)

% change vs 

Nov 15 - Oct 16

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
EU Total 25,930 4% Oct 16 - Sep 17 26,250 -320
EU15 21,020 4% May 16 - Apr 17 21,460 -440
Other EU 4,910 8% Oct 16 - Sep 17 5,020 -110
Rest of Europe 2,470

6%

Sep 16 - Aug 17 2,480 -10
North America 4,670 12% Jan 00 - Dec 00 4,870 -200
Rest of World 6,280 15% Nov 16 - Oct 17 6,280 0
  • Visits to the UK from all EU markets in October 2017 reversed the recently-observed growth trend – down 13% on October 2016, which resulted in visits in the last three months being 2% behind August – October 2016 despite positive results in August and September 2017. With record-breaking results in eight of the first nine months of 2017, EU visits are still tracking at record-breaking levels for the year to date, though, reaching 21.6 million in January – October 2017, up 2% on those months in 2016.
  • Looking at the EU15 markets only, there were 1.7 million visits to the UK in October 2017, down 11% on October 2016. While monthly growth results for this high-volume region were uneven in 2017, on balance, there were still 2% more visits from this area in the first ten months of 2017, compared to the same months in 2016, reaching a new January – October record of 17.6 million visits.
  • After 6 months of double-digit growth, visits from all Other EU markets were down 22% on October 2016 to 360,000 visits to the UK in October 2017. As a consequence, visits in the last three months to October 2017 are also down by 2% compared to August – October 2016. Results over the longer term are still at record levels though, with 4.0 million visits for the Other EU markets in the first ten months of 2017 and 4.9 million visits in the 12 months to October 2017, up 4% and 8% on the same periods a year before respectively.
  • Visits to the UK from the Rest of Europe rose 17% year-on-year in October 2017 to a new October record of 270,000 visits. Despite visit decreases in May and September, visits for the first ten months of 2017 reached a record 2.1 million visits, up 9% on those months in 2016. 
  • There were 330,000 visits to the UK from North America in October, the third consecutive month of year-on-year declines. These weaker months followed three consecutive months of record-breaking results (in May, June and July). As a result visits from this region to the UK have combined to show strong growth so far: up 11% in the first ten months of 2017, compared to the same period of 2016, to 4.1 million.
  • In 2017, ‘Rest of World’ markets set a new record in visits to the UK for October with a very strong increase of 30% compared to October 2016, to 520,000 visits. The record setting continued for visits from Rest of World in longer time periods. Visits reached 6.3 million in the 12 months to October 2017, a 15% increase on November 2015 – October 2016, the strongest-ever rolling 12-month period.

Explore the quarterly data or read more on the October 2017 results (PDF, 1,059KB).