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 January 2017

Visits and spend figures

  January 2017 Last 3 months (Nov 16 - Jan 17)
    % change vs Jan 16   % change vs. Nov 15 - Jan 16
All visits (000) 2,850 11% 8,810 13%
Spend (£m) £1,500 15% £4,960 8%
  Rolling 12 months (Feb 16 - Jan 17) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
    % change vs Feb 15 - Jan 16 When Record Current deficit
Total visits (000) 37,610 4% Feb 16 - Jan 17 37,610 0
Spend (£m) £22,350 1% Feb 16 - Jan 17 £22,350 0

Visits: 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, visits are up 13% compared to the same time a 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.

Spending: January spending is up 15% on last year at £1.50 billion, setting a new January spending record. The last 3 months’ spend is up 8% on the same period last year, due to a record breaking November and January and setting a new record. Spend the last 12 months is up 1%, at £22.35 billion and setting a new record for the highest spend in any 12 month period.

 

Visits by journey purpose

  January 2017 Last 3 months (Nov 16 - Jan 17)
  Visits (000) % change vs Jan 16   % change vs Nov 15 - Jan 16
Holiday 910 0% 2,920 22%
VFR 1,030 9% 3,010 13%
Business 690 5% 2,120 5%
Miscellaneous 220 -1% 750 4%
  Rolling 12 months (Feb 16 - Jan 17) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000)

% change vs Feb 15 - Jan 16

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
Holiday 13,960 0% Apr 15 - Mar 16 13,998 -380
VFR 11,490 9% Feb 16 - Jan 17 11,490 0
Business 9,190 5% Feb 16 - Jan 17 9,190 0
Miscellaneous 2,960 -1% Apr 07 - Mar 08 3,466 -506

Holiday visits were up 19% in January to 910,000, setting a new January record. The last 3 months are tracking 22% 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 at 14.0 million visits.

Visits to friends and relatives (VFR) remained on par with January 2016, at 1.03 million, just short of last year’s record. The last 3 months have seen growth of 13%, to 3.01 million visits and setting a new record for this period. Visits for the latest 12 months are up 9% to 11.5 million, matching the record set at the end of 2016.

During January 2017, Business visits increased 21% to 690,000 visits, the strongest January on record. The three month period is tracking 5% higher than the year before, boosted by strong November and January figures. During the last 12 months, business visit numbers were up 5% overall at 9.2 million, setting a new record.

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 January 2017 visits to the UK were 7% higher than the previous year at 220,000. Visits for the last three months are up 4%, boosted by the strong January. Visits during the last 12 months are currently down 1%, likely due to higher visit volumes recorded late in 2015 due to the Rugby World Cup.

Visits by global region

  January 2017 Last 3 months (Nov 16 - Jan 17)
  Visits (000) % change
vs Jan 16
  % change vs Nov 15 - Jan 16
EU15 1,650 18% 5,080 16%
Other EU 330 -2% 1,150 11%
Rest of Europe 180 -2% 530 -4%
North America 240 7% 820 19%
Rest of World 460 7% 1,240 9%
  Rolling 12 months (Feb 16 - Jan 17) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000)

% change vs 

Feb 15 - Jan 16

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
EU15 20,910 4% Feb 16 - Jan 17 20,910 0
Other EU 4,630 10% Jan 16 - Dec 16 4,640 -10
Rest of Europe 2,280 -1% Feb 14 - Jan 15 2,435 -155
North America 4,270 7% Jan 00 - Dec 00 4,869 -599
Rest of World 5,530 -2% Feb 15 - Jan 16 5,663 -133

Visits from EU15 markets were 18% higher than January 2016 at 1.7 million, a new January record. Visits during the last 3 months were up 16% 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, a new record.

Visits from Other EU markets were down 2% compared to January 2016, at 330,000 visits. The last three months were up 11% at 1.2 million visits to set a new record for this period. Visits were up 10% from this region, at 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 decreased 2% in January 2017. The last three months were also down 4% on the same period the year before. The latest 12 months are tracking just 1% down on 2016.

Visits to the UK from North America continue to grow, up 6% in January 2017 to 240,000 visits. Visits were up 19% in the last three months, to 820,000. 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 7% increase in visits to the UK during January 2017 at 460,000 visits, setting a new January record. Visits in the last three months are up 9%, again setting a new record. Visits for the latest 12 month period and tracking 2% lower than the period before, due to fluctuations throughout 2016.

Explore the quarterly data or read more on the January 2017 results (PDF, 642KB).