Latest monthly data

The latest available monthly 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 our 'about the International Passenger Survey' page.

This page shows the provisional monthly results for October 2019. Please note that revised data for the period July - September 2019 is available on the 'latest quarterly data' page.

Inbound visitor statistics for October 2019

Visits and spend figures

 

October 2019

Last 3 months (Aug - Oct '19)

Year to date (Jan- Oct '19)

    % change vs Oct 18   % change vs Aug - Oct 18 % change vs Jan - Oct 18
All visits (000) 3,430 +3% 10,780 +5% 32,790 +2%
Spend (£m) £2,320 +19% £7,870 +18% £21,240 +8%
 

Rolling 12 months (Nov '18 - Oct '19)

Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months

    % change vs Nov 17- Oct 18 When Record Current deficit
Total visits (000) 38,610 +2% Sep 16 - Aug 17 39,730 -1,120
Spend (£m) £24,520 +7% Dec 16 - Nov 17 £24,740 -220
  • Visits: The UK received 3.4 million visits in October 2019, up 3% year-on-year (YoY). Visits between August and October 2019 reached a new record for this 3-month period with 10.8 million visits, up 5% on those months in 2018. However, year-to-date and 12 month rolling results to October 2019 have not set new records. But inbound visits in both periods still achieved 2% growth compared to those periods the year before with 32.8 million visits and 38.6 million visits respectively.
  • Spending: Inbound visitors spent a record total of £2.3 billion in October 2019, up 19% on a weak October 2018. It was the fifth month in a row showing double-figure YoY growth. Thanks to those strong results, inbound spending in August – October 2019 was 18% up YoY, creating a new record with £7.9 billion spent. Spending in the first ten months of 2019 also reached a record £21.2 billion, up 8% YoY. Inbound spending in the 12 months to October 2019 reached £24.5 billion, up 7% on the previous 12 months, although not enough to beat 2017’s record.

Visits by journey purpose

 

October 2019

Last 3 months (Aug - Oct '19)

Year to date (Jan - Oct '19)

  Visits (000) % change vs Oct 18 Visits (000) % change vs Aug - Oct 18 Visits (000) % change vs Jan - Oct 18
Holiday 1,370 +8% 4,680 +9% 13,560 +5%
VFR 1,060 -3% 3,240 +4% 9,820 0%
Business 790 +7% 2,170 +3% 7,200 +1%
Miscellaneous 230 -8% 710 -2% 2,230 +2%

 

Rolling 12 months (Nov '18 - Oct '19)

Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months

  Visits (000)

% change vs Oct 17 - Sep 18

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
Holiday 15,720 +6% Sep 18 - Oct 19 15,720 0
VFR 11,740 -1% Jul 17 - Jun 18 12,110 -370
Business 8,550 +1% Feb 16 - Jan 17 9,290 -740
Miscellaneous 2,630 -2% Apr 07 - Mar 08 3,470 -840
  • Holiday visits reached a new record in October 2019, with 1.4 million visits, up 8% on October 2018. Visits in August – October 2019 also set a new record for those months with 4.7 million visits, up 9% on those months in 2018. The 13.6 million holiday visits made until October 2019 were up 5% on the same months in 2018, achieving another record. Between November 2018 and October 2019, holiday visits beat the record for any 12-month period set last month, reaching a new record of 15.7 million such visits.
  • Visits to friends and relatives (VFR) in October 2019 were down 3% on those in October 2018, to 1.1 million, the second –highest October on record, but up 4% in the past 3 months to 3.2 million, almost equalling the record set in August – October 2018. Declines earlier in the year meant that inbound VFR visits in January – October 2019 were on par with the same months the year before. In the 12 months to October 2019, visits were down by 1%, with 11.7 million visits.
  • Business visits were up 7% YoY in October 2019, up to 790,000 visits. There were 2.2 million visits in the past 3 months, 3% up on August – October 2018. Business visits from the beginning of the year added up to 7.2 million visits, 1% up on January – October 2018. Overall, there were 8.6 million business inbound visits to the UK in the 12 months to October 2019, up 1% on the previous 12 months.
  • Miscellaneous journey purpose visits (definition on slide 24) represent a smaller proportion of inbound UK visits and results do tend to fluctuate. Visits in August – October 2019 were down 2% YoY, but up 2% in January – October 2019. However, with 8 months in the red in the last 12 months to October 2019, visits in the rolling year were down 2% YoY to 2.6 million.

Visits by global region

 

October 2019

Last 3 months (Aug - Oct '19)

Year to date (Jan - Oct '19)

  Visits (000) % change
vs Oct 18
Visits (000) % change vs Aug - Oct 18 Visits (000) %change vs Jan - Oct 18
Europe Total 2,410 +1% 7,010 0% 22,480 0%
EU Total 2,180 +2% 6,440 +1% 20,590 0%
EU15 1,840 +8% 5,310 +3% 16,400 -1%
Other EU 340 -21% 1,130 -6% 4,190 +4%
Rest of Europe 230 -11% 580 -11% 1,890 +2%
North America 440 -4% 1,550 +11% 4,660 +10%
Rest of World 590 +19% 2,230 +22% 5,660 +6%

 

Rolling 12 months (Nov 18 - Oct 19)

Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months

  Visits (000)

% change vs 

Nov 17 - Oct 18

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
Europe Total 26,970 0% Sep 16 - Aug 17 28,740 -1,770
EU Total 24,700 0% Oct 16 - Sep 17 26,280 -1,580
EU15 19,700 0% May 16 - Apr 17 21,450 -1,750
Other EU 5,010 +3% Oct 18 - Sep 19 5,100 -80
Rest of Europe 2,270 0% Jan 17 - Dec 17 2,550 -280
North America 5,160 +7% Oct 18 - Sep 19 5,180 -20
Rest of World 6,490 +7% Sep 18-Oct 19 6,490 0
  • Visits from Europe overall were on par YoY in the last 3 months, in year to date and in the last 12 months to October 2019.
  • Visits from the EU were up 2% YoY in October 2019 to 2.2 million. The latest three months grew by 1% to 6.4 million visits. But, with 5 months down YoY in the first 10 months of 2019, visits in the year to date and in the latest rolling year are on par with a year ago with 20.6 million and 24.7 million visits respectively. Within this:
  • Visits from the EU15 markets broadly followed this trend with August – October 2019 up 3% YoY, but visits in the year to date 1% down on those months in 2019, and those in November 2018 to October 2019 were on par with the previous 12-month period with 19.7 million.
  • With August and October 2019 down YoY, visits from Other EU were down 6% YoY in the last 3 months. Visits were up 4% in the year to October 2019 YoY and were up 3% YoY in the latest 12 months, to 4.2 and 5.0 million respectively.
  • Visits from North America were down 4% YoY in October 2019 with 440,000 visits, the second-highest on record. They set records for August – October with 1.6 million visits, and for January – October with 4.7 million visits, up 10% YoY. Finally, the latest 12 months passed the 5-million-visit mark for the fourth month in a row, matching the 5.2 million record for any 12-month period set in September 2019.
  • ‘Rest of World’ markets  saw a 19% increase YoY in visits in October 2019 reaching a new record with 590,000 visits in that month. The record-setting continued for visits from those markets in the other periods with August – October 2019 up 22% YoY to a record 2.2 million visits, and January – October 2019 up 6% YoY to 5.7 million visits. The 12-month period to October 2019 also beat all previous records for any 12-month period with 6.5 million visits.

 

Explore the quarterly data or read more on October 2019 results downloading our report (PDF, 738KB).