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 August 2017

Visits and spend figures

  August 2017

Last 3 months (Jun - Aug 17)

Year to Date (Jan - Aug 17)
    % change vs Aug 16   % change vs Jun - Aug 16     % change vs Jan - Aug 16
All visits (000) 3,930 5% 11,510 6%   27,110 8%
Spend (£m) £2,800 3% £7,800 4%   £16,380 10%
  Rolling 12 months (Sep 16 - Aug 17) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
    % change vs Sep 15 - Aug 16 When Record Current deficit
Total visits (000) 39,650 8% Sep 16 - Aug 17 39,650 0
Spend (£m) £24,010 7% Sep 16 - Aug 17 £24,010 0
  • Visits:  The UK welcomed 4.0 million overseas visits in August, up 5% on August last year and setting a new August record.  Between June and August 2017 there were a record 11.5 million inbound visits to the UK, 6% up on the same period last year.  The record setting continues over the first eight months of 2017 and the rolling 12 months to August 2017.  There were 27.1 million visits to the UK in the first eight months of the year and 39.7 million visits in the 12 months to August 2017 – the best ever rolling 12 month period. 
  • Spending: August 2017 spending rose 3% compared to August 2016 to reach £2.8 billion (a new August record). With record setting results in all of the first eight months of the year, inbound visitors spent a record £16.4 billion, 10% more than the first part of 2016.  Over the longer term rolling 12 months to August 2017 visitors to the UK spent a record £24 billion in the UK – the highest ever rolling 12 month period.

Visits by journey purpose

  August 2017

Last 3 months (Jun - Aug 17)

Year to Date (Jan - Aug 17)
  Visits (000) % change vs Aug 16 Visits (000) % change vs Jun - Aug 16 Visits (000) % change vs Jan - Aug 16
Holiday 1,840 8% 5,170 13% 11,130 17%
VFR 1,300 3% 3,410 5% 8,020 5%
Business 520 -1% 2,070 -2% 5,880 -1%
Miscellaneous 270 -2% 860 -4% 2,080 6%
  Rolling 12 months (Sep 16 - Aug 17) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000)

% change vs Sep 15 - Aug 16

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
Holiday 15,490 15% Sep 16 - Aug 17 15,490 0
VFR 11,930 7% Sep 16 - Aug 17 11,930 0
Business 9,150 1% Feb 16 - Jan 17 9,300 -150
Miscellaneous 3,080 -2% Apr 07 - Mar 08 3,470 -390
  • Holiday visits were up 8% to an August record of 1.8 million.  This is the highest ever month of holiday visits to the UK.  The record breaking continues over longer time periods as well.  Between June and August 2017 there were 5.2 million holiday visits to the UK (13% more than the same three month period last year).  So far this year there have been a record 11.1 million holiday visits – 17% more than this time last year – and the latest 12 month period (September 2016-August 2017) is the strongest ever 12 month period for inbound holiday visits. 
  • Visits to friends and relatives (VFR) were up 3% to an August record of 1.3 million this year and up to a record 3.4 million in the three months from June 2017.  Following weaker results in February and May, VFR visits in the first eight months of 2017 have still reached record levels of 8 million – the first time there have been 8 million VFR visits in the first eight months of any calendar year.
  • Business visits continue to be variable in 2017, posting negative results in August this year – down 1% compared to August 2016.  With only January and May registering growth this year, there were 1% fewer business visits to the UK in the first eight months of 2017, compared to 2016.  Due to a strong end of 2016, business results for the 12 months to August 2017 were just enough to be on par with the previous rolling 12 month record posted last year (September 2015 – August 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 August 2017 visits to the UK were 2% down on August 2016 results.  Visits were down 4% in the last three months but with double digit February and March 2017 results, miscellaneous visits were 6% up in the first eight months of 2017, compared to the same period last year (but not a record).  

Visits by global region

  August 2017

Last 3 months (Jun - Aug 17)

Year to Date (Jan - Aug 17)
  Visits (000) % change
vs Aug 16
Visits (000) % change vs Jun - Aug 16 Visits (000) % change vs Jan - Aug 16
EU Total 2,430 6% 6,880 4% 17,620 4%
EU15 2,070 6% 5,650 2% 14,410 4%
Other EU 360 7% 1,230 15% 3,210 7%
Rest of Europe 260 29% 650 17% 1,710 13%
North America 480 -8% 1,800 12% 3,420 18%
Rest of World 770 4% 2,190 8% 4,360 16%
  Rolling 12 months (Sep 16 - Aug 17) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000)

% change vs 

Sep 15 - Aug 16

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
EU Total 26,220 6% Sep 16 - Aug 17 26,220 0
EU15 21,270 5% May 16 - Apr 17 21,460 -190
Other EU 4,950 9% Sep 16 - Aug 17 4,950 0
Rest of Europe 2,500

8%

Sep 16 - Aug 17 2,500 0
North America 4,800 17% Jan 00 - Dec 00 4,870 -70
Rest of World 6,150 10% Sep 16 - Aug 17 6,150 0
  • Visits to the UK from all EU markets rose 6% in August 2017 compared to August last year to an August record 2.4 million.  EU visits have been tracking at record breaking year to date levels, reaching 17.6 million in the first eight months of 2017, 4% more than the same period of 2016.
  • Looking specifically at visits from EU15 markets, these were up 6% during August this year to a record 2.1 million – the first August to welcome over 2 million visits.  With weaker performances posted in each of February, May and June this year visits during the eight months of 2017 are up by a softer 4%, but this was still enough to set a new record of 14.4 million visits.
  • Visits from all Other EU markets were 7% above August 2016 levels, at 360,000 visits.  Recent double digit year on year monthly growth has boosted the inbound visits to a record 3.2 million visits in the first eight months of 2017.  Over the longer term, there have been a record 5.0 million visits between September 2016 and August 2017, up 9% compared to the previous 12 months.
  • Visit growth from the Rest of Europe was 29% in August 2017, the forth month of double digit growth this year.  Buoyed by these strong year on year monthly results, visits for the first eight months of 2017 are 13% higher than the same time last year to a record busting 1.7 million. 
  • There were 480,000 visits to the UK from North America in August, which is a decline after three consecutive months of record breaking levels (May, June and July).  Visits from this region have continued to show the strongest growth so far this year, edging closer to record levels.  From January to August 2017 there were 3.4 million visits.
  • Rest of World reported a 4% rise in visits to the UK during August 2017.  In the first eight months of this year, Rest of World visits are 16% higher than in the start of 2016 at a record 4.4 million.

Explore the quarterly data or read more on the August 2017 results (PDF, 657KB).