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 2016

Visits and spend figures

  June 2016 Year To Date (Jan - Jun 16)
    % change vs June 15   % change vs Jan-Jun 15
All visits (000) 3,230 -1% 17,300 2%
Spend (£m) £2,020 -8% £9,190 -4%
  Rolling 12 months
(Jul 15-Jun 16)
Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
    % change vs Jul 14-Jun 15 When Record Current deficit
Total visits (000) 36,490 4% Apr 15-Mar 16 36,648 -163
Spend (£m) £21,650 -2% Jul 14-Jun 15 £22,113 -463

Visits: The UK experienced 3.23 million inbound visits in June which is a 1% decrease on June 2015, due to fewer holiday visits this month. However, the number of visits for year to date is 2% higher compared to the same period last year, due to a strong Q1 this year which was up 8% on Q1 2015. The longer term picture is also more positive, as the 12 month period to June is tracking 4% higher than the previous 12 months at 36.49 million visits.

Spending: June spending is down 8% on June last year at £2.02 billion. It is worth nothing that last year was a record for June. Whilst the last three months and also the year to date spending figures show a decrease (6% and 4% decrease respectively) the 12 month period to June 2016 shows less volatility and is just 2% lower than the previous 12 month period.

 

Visits by journey purpose

  June 2016 Year To Date (Jan - Jun 16)
  Visits (000) % change vs June 15 Visits (000) % change vs Jan-Jun 15
Holiday 1,270 -8% 6,190 -5%
VFR 870 9% 5,250 10%
Business 850 0% 4,610 4%
Miscellaneous 240 8% 1,260 7%
  Rolling 12 months
(Jul 15-Jun 16)
Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000)

% change vs Jul 14-Jun 15

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
Holiday 13,530 -1% Apr 15-Mar 16 13,998 -468
VFR 10,910 10% Jul 15-Jun 16 10,910 0
Business 9,030 3% May 15-Apr 16 9,102 -72
Miscellaneous 3,020 12% Apr 07-Mar 08 3,466 -446

Holiday visits were 8% down on last year at 1.27 million. The last three months are also lower than the same period last year, 11% down at 3.89 million, and the year to date is currently tracking 5% lower than last year. The 12 month view is slightly more stable, just 1% down overall on the 12 months prior.

Visits to friends and relatives (VFR) again experienced an increase in visits in June, up 9% to 870,000 and setting a new record for June. So far this year, the UK has welcomed 5.25 million VFR visits, up 10% on the same period last year. Over the course of the last 12 months, there has been a 10% increase in visits for this purpose, and this period sets a new 12 month record.

During June 2016, business visits remained stable at 850,000 visits which was the same volume of visits as June 2015. Due to strong performance earlier this year, the three month period and year to date are higher than in 2015, 3% and 4% higher respectively. Over the longer term, the last 12 months have seen a 3% increase in business visits, at 9.03 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 June 2016 visits to the UK for miscellaneous purposes were 8% higher than June last year. In the first half of 2016 there were 1.26 million visits (7% more than the same period a year before). Miscellaneous visits to the UK were tracking 12% higher in the twelve months to June 2016 than during the previous twelve month period.

Visits by global region

  June 2016 Year To Date (Jan - Jun 16)
  Visits (000) % change
vs June 15
Visits (000) % change vs Jan-Jun 15
EU15 1,670 -7% 9,880 1%
Other EU 340 18% 2,240 11%
Rest of Europe 170 -5% 1,120 8%
North America 500 6% 1,810 2%
Rest of World 540 4% 2,230 -4%
  Rolling 12 months
(Jul 15-Jun 16)
Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000) % change vs Jul 14-Jun 15 When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
EU15 20,080 2% Apr 15-Mar 16 20,258 -178
Other EU 4,450 14% May 15-Apr 16 4,450 0
Rest of Europe 2,350 2% Feb 14-Jan 15 2,435 -85
North America 4,010 8% Jan 00-Dec 00 4,869 -859
Rest of World 5,570 4% Feb 15-Jan 16 5,663 -93

Visits from EU15 markets were 7% down on June 2015 at 1.67 million. The last three months are tracking 3% lower than the same period last year. However the year to date is up 1% on the same period last year, at 9.88 million and setting a new record for the first half of the year. There were similar results over the medium term period of the rolling twelve months to June from EU15 markets with 20.08 million visits to the UK, up 2% year-on-year.

Visits from Other EU markets have increased this month, up 18% since June 2015, and setting a new June record at 340,000 visits. During the first six months of 2016 there were 2.24 million visits to the UK from combined Other EU markets, 11% ahead of the same period last year. Visits to the UK from these markets were 14% higher at 4.45 million in the twelve months to June 2016.

After a record breaking May 2016, the Rest of Europe saw a decrease in visits, down 5% to 170,000 on June 2015. Boosted, however, by the strong May results, the three months to June experienced an 8% increase on the same period the year before, up at 630,000 visits. The 12 month period to June 2016 experienced a 2% increase on the previous 12 months, to 2.35 million visits.

Visits to the UK from North America were up 6% in June 2016 at 500,000 visits, the best performing month so far this year from this market. Combined visits from Canada and the USA were up 1% in the three months to June 2016 and 2% up for the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year. For the rolling 12 months period, the number of visits is back above 4 million, at 4.01 visits, an 8% increase on the 12 months previously. Whilst promising, these results still fall short of the record highs recorded in the first year of this millennium.

Rest of World reported an increase in visits to the UK of 4% during June 2016 at 540,000 visits. Visits in the last three months and the year to date are 4% lower than in 2015. However, with particularly strong month on month results for the second half of 2015, visits to the UK in the rolling twelve months to June 2016 visits were tracking 4% higher, compared to the previous twelve month period.

Explore the quarterly data or read more on the June 2016 results (PDF, 637KB).