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 2017

Visits and spend figures

  June 2017

Last 3 months (Apr - Jun 17)

Year to Date (Jan - Jun 17)
    % change vs Jun 16   % change vs Apr - Jun 16     % change vs Jan - Jun 16
All visits (000) 3,510 7% 10,750 8%   19,050 9%
Spend (£m) £2,160 2% £6,230 8%   £10,580 11%
  Rolling 12 months (Jul 16 - Jun 17) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
    % change vs Jul 15 - Jun 16 When Record Current deficit
Total visits (000) 39,140 7% Jul 16 - Jun 17 39,140 0
Spend (£m) £23,590 7% Jul 16 - Jun 17 £23,590 0
  • Visits:  The UK received 3.5 million overseas visits in June, up 7% on June last year and setting a new June record.  Between April and June 2017 there were 10.8 million inbound visits to the UK, 8% up on the same period last year.  With results available until June, we can now see that the first half of 2017 was a record setting period with the UK welcoming 19.1 million visits, 9% more than in 2016.  Over the longer term, 12 months to June 2017, there were 39.1 million visits to the UK – the best ever rolling 12 month period. 
  • Spending: June spending rose 2% compared to June 2016 to reach £2.2 billion (not quite enough to set a new June record).  However, with record setting results in each of the first five months of the year, inbound visitors have spent a record £10.6 billion in the first half of 2017, 11% more than the first half of 2016 and the first time inbound visitor spending has topped £10 billion in the first six months of any year.  Combining this spending with spend during the last half of 2016, visitors have spent a record £24 billion in the UK – the highest ever 12 month period.

Visits by journey purpose

  June 2017

Last 3 months (Apr - Jun 17)

Year to Date (Jan - Jun 17)
  Visits (000) % change vs Jun 16 Visits (000) % change vs Apr - Jun 16 Visits (000) % change vs Jan - Jun 16
Holiday 1,550 21% 4,720 20% 7,530 20%
VFR 890 2% 2,830 2% 5,510 4%
Business 800 -7% 2,400 -4% 4,530 -3%
Miscellaneous 270 6% 800 6% 1,480 13%
  Rolling 12 months (Jul 16 - Jun 17) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000)

% change vs Jul 15 - Jun 16

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
Holiday 15,170 12% Jul 16 - Jun 17 15,170 0
VFR 11,780 8% Mar 16 - Apr 17 11,930 -150
Business 9,060 0% Feb 16 - Jan 17 9,300 -240
Miscellaneous 3,130 2% Apr 07 - Mar 08 3,470 -340
  • Holiday visits were up 21% to a June record of 1.6 million.  Building on strong growth earlier this year there were a record 7.5 million holiday visits in the first half of 2017, up 20% on the start of 2016 and the first time more than 7 million holiday visits have arrived in the UK before the start of July.  Over the longer term rolling 12 months to June 2017, the UK welcomed 15.2 million holiday visits – a record and 12% higher than the previous 12 month period.
  • Visits to friends and relatives (VFR) were up 2% to a June record of 890,000 this year.  In the first six months of 2017, VFR visits have set new monthly year on year records in four individual months.  Added together the UK has welcomed a record 5.5 million VFR visits in the first half of the year – 4% more than in the first half of 2016. 
  • Business visits have been variable so far in 2017, posting negative results in June this year – down 7% compared to the record June 2016.  With only January and May registering growth, there were 3% fewer business visits to the UK in the first half of 2017, compared to the start of 2016.  Due to a strong end of 2016, business results for the 12 months to June 2017 were just enough to match the previous record of 9.1 million (July 2015 – June 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 June 2017 visits to the UK were 6% higher than the previous year at a record 270,000.  With new monthly records set in four out of the last six months, visits were up 13% in the first half of 2017, but not quite setting a new record.

Visits by global region

  June 2017

Last 3 months (Apr - Jun 17)

Year to Date (Jan - Jun 17)
  Visits (000) % change
vs Jun 16
Visits (000) % change vs Apr - Jun 16 Visits (000) % change vs Jan - Jun 16
EU Total 2,100 2% 7,000 2% 12,800 4%
EU15 1,690 -1% 5,770 0% 10,460 4%
Other EU 400 14% 1,220 8% 2,340 2%
Rest of Europe 200 12% 740 16% 1,290 13%
North America 650 35% 1,470 29% 2,240 25%
Rest of World 570 5% 1,550 19% 2,720 20%
  Rolling 12 months (Jul 16 - Jun 17) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000)

% change vs 

Jul 15 - Jun 16

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
EU Total 25,960 5% May 16 - Apr 17 26,180 -220
EU15 21,150 5% May 16 - Apr 17 21,460 -310
Other EU 4,800 6% Jul 16 - Jun 17 4,800 0
Rest of Europe 2,450 3% May 16 - Apr 17 2,460 -10
North America 4,740 19% Jan 00 - Dec 00 4,870 -130
Rest of World 6,010 7% Jun 16 - May 17 6,010 0
  • Visits to the UK from all EU markets in June 2017 rose 2% compared to June last year to 2.1 million, a record June result.  Over the first six months of 2017 visits from these high volume markets are tracking 4% above the first half of 2016 at a record 12.8 million visits.
  • Looking specifically at visits from EU15 markets, these fell marginally during June this year – down 1% compared to June 2016.  Visits during the three months from April to June were on par with the same period the year before.  Results for the first half of the year are more positive – boosted by strong results from January, March and April – and are up 4% to a record 10.5 million.  This is the second consecutive year EU15 visits have totalled more than 10 million in the first half of the year.  In the 12 months to June 2017, there were 21.2 million visits from EU15 markets, up 5% on the previous twelve months (a new 12 months to June record).
  • Visits from all Other EU markets were 14% above June 2016, at 400,000 visits – a new June record.  After a slower start to 2017, recent results have boosted UK inbound visits to a record 2.3 million visits, 2% higher than the first half of 2016.  Over the longer term, there have been a record 4.8 million visits between July 2016 and June 2017, up 6% compared to the previous 12 months.
  • Visit growth from the Rest of Europe returned to positive territory in June 2017 after a decline last month.  Buoyed by recent record setting year on year monthly results, visits for the first half of 2017 were up 13% to a record setting 1.3 million. 
  • There were a record 650,000 visits to the UK from North America in June and visits from this region have continued to show the strongest growth so far this year – jumping 35%, the second consecutive month of +30% year on year monthly growth.   Encouragingly these results see North America visits edging closer to record levels. In the first six months of 2017 there were 2.2 million visits, 25% up on the start of 2016 and just 120,000 short of the record set in 2000.
  • Rest of World reported a 5% rise in visits to the UK during June 2017, setting a new June record. In the first half of 2017, there were 2.7 million visits, the strongest start to any year on record.

Explore the quarterly data or read more on the June 2017 results (PDF, 655KB).