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 June 2018

Visits and spend figures

  June 2018

Last 3 months (Apr - Jun 18)

Year to Date (Jan - Jun 18)
    % change vs Jun 17   % change vs Apr - Jun 17     % change vs Jan - Jun 17
All visits (000) 3,234 -9% 10,040 -8%   17,870 -7%
Spend (£m) £2,008 -11% £5,840 -10%   £10,290 -5%
  Rolling 12 months (Jul 17 - Jun 18) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
    % change vs Jul 16 - Jun 17 When Record Current deficit
Total visits (000) 37,900 -3% Sep 16 - Aug 17 39,730 -1,830
Spend (£m) £23,940 0% Dec 16 - Nov 17 £24,740 -800
  • Visits: The UK welcomed 3.2 million overseas visits in June 2018, down by 9% compared to June 2017.  Between January and June 2018 there were 17.9 million inbound visits to the UK, down by 7% on the first six months of 2017.  There were 37.9 million visits to the UK in the rolling 12 months to June 2018, 3% fewer than the previous 12 months (July 2016 - June 2017).
  • Spending: in June 2018 spending decreased 11% compared to June 2017 to a little over £2.0 billion.  During the first six months of 2018, inbound visitors spent a combined £10.3 billion, 5% less than they did in the first six months of 2017.  Over the longer term, in the 12 months to June 2018, visitors to our shores spent £23.9 billion, on par with the amount spent in the previous 12-month period (July 2016 - June 2017).

Visits by journey purpose

  June 2018

Last 3 months (Apr - Jun 18)

Year to Date (Jan - Jun 18)
  Visits (000) % change vs Jun 17 Visits (000) % change vs Apr- Jun 17 Visits (000) % change vs Jan - Jun 17
Holiday 1,391 -10% 4,330 -8% 6,830 -9%
VFR 1,015 13% 3,000 6% 5,630 2%
Business 646 -23% 2,150 -15% 4,290 -8%
Miscellaneous 183 -33% 550 -32% 1,130 -24%
  Rolling 12 months (Jul 17 - Jun 18) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000)

% change vs Jul 16 - Jun 17

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
Holiday 14,670 -3% Oct 16 - Sep 17 15,550 -880
VFR 12,100 3% Jul 17 - Jun 18 12,100 0
Business 8,440 -8% Feb 16 - Jan 17 9,290 -850
Miscellaneous 2,680 -15% Apr 07 - Mar 08 3,470 -790
  • Holiday visits were down 10% to 1.4 million in June 2018, compared to holiday visits received in June 2017.  Holiday visits for the first six months of 2018 are 9% behind levels seen in the first half of 2017.  In the rolling 12 months to June 2018 there were 14.7 million holiday visits to the UK, down 3% on the previous 12-month period.
  • Visits to friends and relatives (VFR) were up by 13% to 1.0 million in June 2018, compared to June 2017.  During the first half of 2018 (January to June) VFR visits were up 2%.  Overall, there were 12.1 million VFR visits to the UK in the 12 months to June 2018, a new record for rolling 12-month VFR visits.
  • Business visits were weaker in 2017, compared to 2016 and although showing recent signs of growth, business visits in June 2018 were down 23% on June 2017.  Business visits in the first six months of 2018 are down 8% on the start of 2017.  Over the longer term, rolling 12 months to June 2018, business visits were 8% behind the previous 12-month period (July 2016 - June 2017). 
  • 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 June 2018 visits to the UK for these miscellaneous purposes were down 33% on the same month a year ago. Visits in the last three months were 32% behind those in April – June 2017. There were 15% fewer miscellaneous visits in the 12 months to June 2018, compared to the previous 12-month period.

Visits by global region

  June 2018

Last 3 months (Apr - Jun 18)

Year to Date (Jan - Jun 18)
  Visits (000) % change
vs Jun 17
Visits (000) % change vs Apr - Jun 17 Visits (000) % change vs Jan - Jun 17
EU Total 1,892 -11% 6,610 -7% 12,030 -6%
EU15 1,476 -13% 5,350 -7% 9,600 -8%
Other EU 417 -2% 1,260 -3% 2,420 0%
Rest of Europe 184 -2% 570 -19% 1,010 -20%
North America 534 -21% 1,360 -10% 2,140 -7%
Rest of World 624 7% 1,490 -6% 2,700 -2%
  Rolling 12 months (Jul 17 - Jun 18) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000)

% change vs 

Jul 16 - Jun 17

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
EU Total 24,760 -5% Oct 16 - Sep 17 26,280 -1,520
EU15 19,890 -6% May 16 - Apr 17 21,450 -1,560
Other EU 4,870 0% Oct 16 - Sep 17 5,030 -160
Rest of Europe 2,300

-5%

Jan 17 - Dec 17 2,550 -250
North America 4,580 -4% Jan 00 - Dec 00 4,870 -290
Rest of World 6,270 4% Dec 16 - Nov 17 6,370 -100
  • Visits to the UK from all EU markets in June 2018 were down 11% compared to June 2017.  Visits in the last three months are 7% behind April - June 2017.  EU visits in the 12 months to June 2018 are 5% behind the previous 12 month period (July 2016 - June 2017).
  • Looking at the EU15 markets only, there were 1.5 million visits to the UK in June 2018, down 13% on June 2017.  With weaker results in January, April and June 2018, visits over the first six months of 2018 are down 8% on the first half of 2017.  EU15 visits to the UK over the longer term, in the 12 months to June 2018, are tracking 6% behind levels seen in the previous 12-month period (July 2016 - June 2017).   
  • Visits from all Other EU markets were down 2% on June 2017 to 417,000 visits.  In the six months to June 2018 visits are on par with the first six months of 2017.  With 4.9 million visits from the Other EU markets in the rolling 12 months to June 2018 visits are in line with the same period a year before.
  • Visits to the UK from the Rest of Europe were down by 2% in June 2018, to 184,000 visits. Visits from the Rest of Europe to the UK in the rolling 12 months to June 2018 are 5% lower than they were in the previous 12-month period. 
  • There were 534,000 visits to the UK from North America in June, a decline of 21% after positive results in January, February and April this year.  During the three months to June 2018 visits are 10% behind the levels seen between April and June 2017.  Over the longer term, rolling twelve months to June 2018 visits to the UK from North America there were 4.6 million visits, down 4% on the previous 12 months (July 2016 – June 2017). 
  • In June 2018, combined ‘Rest of World’ markets saw set a new June record in visits to the UK up 7% on June 2017 at 624,000.  However with weaker results in half of the first six months of 2017, Rest of World visits during the start of 2018 were 2% below the same period of 2017.  Over the rolling twelve months to June 2018 there were 4% more visits than in the twelve months to June 2017.

Explore the quarterly data in more detail.