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 2015

Visits and spend figures

Spend & Visits June 2015 Year to date 
(Jan-June 15)

Rolling 12 months
(Jul 14-June 15)

    % change
vs June 14
  % change vs Jan-June 14  

% change vs Jul 13-June 14

All visits (000) 3,230 -1% ↓ 16,810 3% ↑ 34,880 3% ↑
Spend (£m) £2,100 -1% ↓ £9,290 -1% ↓ £21,790 0%

Overseas visitors spent £2.1 billion (in nominal terms) while in the UK during June, just 1% below the record June 2014. With provisional International Passenger Survey (IPS) results now available for the first six months of 2015, overseas visitor spending remained on-par with the first six months of 2014 (which closed as a record spending year).  Over the longer term rolling twelve months to June 2015 overseas visitor spending was £21.8 billion.

The UK welcomed 3.23 million visits in the month of June, in line with the record set in June 2014.  Visits during the first six months of 2015 reached 16.8 million – a 3% increase and the highest recorded over the first six months of any year.  In addition, visits to the UK by overseas residents are 3% higher in the twelve months to June 2015 compared to the previous twelve month period at 34.9 million.

Visits by journey purpose

By journey purpose June 2015 Last 3 months (Apr-June) Year to date (Jan-June)
  Visits (000) % change
vs June 14
Visits (000) % change vs Apr-June 14 Visits (000) % change vs Jan-June 14
Holiday 1,360 -7%  4,310 3%  6,440 0% 
VFR 780 -5% ↓ 2,540 2% ↑ 4,710 2% ↑
Business 880 16% ↑ 2,470 15% ↑ 4,510 13% ↑
Miscellaneous 220 -3% ↓ 630 -3% ↓ 1,160 -6% ↓

The number of visits by overseas residents dipped by 1% on a year ago in June meaning that provisional figures for the year to June 2015 indicate that Britain welcomed 34.9 million visits. Visitor spending during June also marginally down 1% on a year ago. In the year to June inbound visitors spent £21.79bn in Britain, unchanged on the year before. During the most recent 12 months 13.6 million holiday visits took place. Business visits continue to grow at the fastest relative rate, up 11% on the previous year.

Visits by world region

By world region June 2015 Last 3 months (Apr-June) Year to date (Jan-June)
  Visits (000) % change
vs June 14
Visits (000) % change vs Apr-June 14 Visits (000) % change vs Jan-June 14
EU15 1,800 0%  5,850 7% ↑ 9,790 3% ↑
Other EU 280 2% ↑ 1,040 20% ↑ 1,980 17% ↑
Rest of Europe 180 -22% ↓ 580 -15% ↓ 1,040 -11% ↓
North America 470 15% ↑ 1,150 4% ↑ 1,730 4% ↑
Rest of the world 510 -7% ↓ 1,320 -2% ↓ 2,270 -1% ↓

In the rolling year to June 2015 the provisional number of visits from high volume EU15 markets such as France and Italy were 4% up compared to the year before at 19.8 million visits. Visits from Other EU are up 14% on the previous 12 month period. It is important to bear in mind the International Passenger Survey (IPS) is a sample survey and as a result can show fluctuations from month to month and is designed to be robust at the annual level. 

Explore the quarterly data or read more on the June 2015 results.