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 April 2017

Visits and spend figures

  April 2017

Last 3 months (Feb - Apr 17)

Year to Date (Jan - Apr 17)
    % change vs Apr 16   % change vs Feb - Apr 16     % change vs Jan - Apr 16
All visits (000) 3,720 19% 8,940 11%   11,790 11%
Spend (£m) £2,020 20% £4,700 14%   £6,200 14%
  Rolling 12 months (May 16 - Apr 17) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
    % change vs May15 - Apr 16 When Record Current deficit
Total visits (000) 38,730 6% Mar 16 - Apr 17 38,730 0
Spend (£m) £23,290 5% Mar 16 - Apr 17 £23,290 0

Visits:  The UK received 3.7 million overseas visits in April, 19% higher than last year and setting a new April record. There have been 11.8 million visits so far in 2017, up 11% on the same period in 2016 and setting a new record. In the last 12 month period, visits are tracking 6% ahead of the period before, at 38.7 million visits and setting a new record for highest volume of visits in any 12 month period.

Spending: April spending is up 20% on last year at £2 billion, and setting a new April record. So far this year, visitors have spent £6.2 billion, setting a new record for the first four months of any year. Spending over the last 12 months is up 5%, at £23.3 billion and the best ever rolling 12 month period.

 

Visits by journey purpose

  April 2017

Last 3 months (Feb - Apr 17)

Year to Date (Jan - Apr 17)
  Visits (000) % change vs Apr 16 Visits (000) % change vs Feb - Apr 16 Visits (000) % change vs Jan - Apr 16
Holiday 1,640 42% 3,460 28% 4,370 26%
VFR 1,080 22% 2,600 11% 3,630 7%
Business 730 -12% 2,180 -10% 2,870 -4%
Miscellaneous 270 9% 710 20% 930 16%
  Rolling 12 months (May 16 - Apr 17) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000)

% change vs May 15 - Apr 16

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
Holiday 14,800 7% Mar 16 - Apr 17 14,800 0
VFR 11,810 10% Mar 16 - Apr 17 11,810 0
Business 9,050 -1% Feb 16 - Jan 17 9,300 -240
Miscellaneous 3,090 2% Apr 07 - Mar 08 3,470 -380

Holiday visits jumped up 42% in April to 1.6 million, setting a new April record.  With 4.4 million holiday visits in the first 4 months of this year, this is the first time holiday visits have topped 4 million before May.  After reporting consistent month on month increases in the last 6 months, the UK has just finished the best ever rolling 12 month period, welcoming 14.8 million holiday visit between May 2016 and April 2017.

Similarly, visits to friends and relatives (VFR) were up 22% in April which was the first April on record to top 1 million visits. Over the medium and longer term periods of the last 3 months and rolling 12 months, VFR visits are also up at record breaking levels – 11% and 10% respectively. 

During April 2017 Business visits were down 12% compared to the record setting April 2016.  While there were stronger results published in January 2017, these were not enough to offset more recent declines with business visits reaching 9.1 million in the rolling 12 months to April 2017, 1% lower than the previous 12 months.

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 April 2017 visits to the UK were 2% higher than the previous year at 270,000.  So far this year, visits are up 16%, boosted by strong performance for individual months. Visits during the last 12 months are currently up 2%; however, they are still short of the record set in the 12 months from April 2007.

 

Visits by global region

  April 2017

Last 3 months (Feb - Apr 17)

Year to Date (Jan - Apr 17)
  Visits (000) % change
vs Apr 16
Visits (000) % change vs Feb - Apr 16 Visits (000) % change vs Jan - Apr 16
EU Total 2,630 14% 6,290 5% 8,270 7%
EU15 2,240 16% 5,170 8% 6,820 10%
Other EU 380 3% 1,120 -6% 1,450 -5%
Rest of Europe 310 57% 660 29% 840 20%
North America 320 13% 840 19% 1,080 16%
Rest of World 470 41% 1,150 34% 1,610 24%
  Rolling 12 months (May 16 - Apr 17) Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000)

% change vs 

May 15 - Apr 16

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
EU Total 26,020 5% May 16 - Apr 17 26,020 0
EU15 21,350 6% May 16 - Apr 17 21,350 0
Other EU 4,670 4% Apr 16 - Mar 17 4,750 -80
Rest of Europe 2,440 6% May 16 - Apr 17 2,440 0
North America 4,430 10% Jan 00 - Dec 00 4,870 -440
Rest of World 5,860 4% May 16 - Apr 17 5,860 0

Visits from EU15 markets were 16% higher than April 2016 at a record 2.2 million. Visits during the last 3 months were up 8% compared to the same period the year before, setting a new record for this period. In the last 12 months, there were 21.4 million visits from EU15 markets, up 6% on the year before, setting a new rolling 12 month benchmark.

Visits from Other EU markets were down 3% compared to last year, at 380,000 visits. The last three months were down 6% at 1.1 million due to a comparatively weaker start to the year.  Visits were up 4% to 4.7 million for the last 12 months, just short of the record setting 12 month period ending March 2017.  Rest of Europe visits were boosted by 57% in April 2017. The last three months were up 29% on the same period the year before, setting a new record. The latest 12 months are up 6%, to set a new record breaking benchmark.

After recent strong growth, visits to the UK from North America increased 13% in April 2017 to 320,000 visits.  Visits were up 19% so far this year, at 840,000.  During the last 12 months, the UK received 4.4 million visits from this region, 10% higher than the period before, driven by consistent growth throughout the year, and inching closer to the peak visitor numbers recorded in 2000.

Rest of World reported a 41% increase in visits to the UK during April 2017 at 470,000 visits, setting a new April record.  Visits for the first three months of 2017 are up 34%, again setting a new record.  Visits for the latest 12 month period and tracking 4% higher than the period before, at 5.9 million and setting a new record.

Explore the quarterly data or read more on the April 2017 results (PDF, 251KB).