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Due to COVID-19 the Office for National Statistics (ONS) who are responsible for the International Passenger Survey (IPS) suspended interviewing on 16 March 2020. It is not known when interviewing will begin again.

Inbound visitor statistics for Q4 2019 and 2019

Visits and spend figures

 

Q4 2019 (Oct '19 - Dec '19)

 2019 (Jan '19 - Dec '19)

    % change vs Oct - Dec 18   % change vs Jan '18 - Dec '18
All visits (000) 10,297 +6% 40,857 +1%
Spend (£m) £7,555 +26% £28,448 +7%
  • Visits: The UK reached a record 10.3 million visits in Q4 2019, up 6% year-on-year (YoY). In 2019 visits received 40.9 million visits, up 1% on 2018.
  • Spending: Inbound visitors spent a record £7.6 billion in Q4 2019, up 26% on Q4 2018. Thanks to this spending, levels in 2019 beat the previous 2017 record with £28.4 billion, up 7% compared to 2018 results.

Visits by journey purpose

 

Q4 2019 (Oct '19 - Dec '19)

2019 (Jan '19 - Dec '19)

  Visits (000) % change vs Oct - Dec 18 Visits (000) % change vs Jan '18 - Dec '18
Holiday 4,068 +10% 16,905 +3%
VFR 3,333 +6% 12,427 +1%
Business 2,200 +1% 8,670 -1%
Miscellaneous 555 -2% 2,256 +0%
  • Holiday visits reached a new record in both Q4 2019 and full year 2019, with 4.1 million visits up 10% YoY and 16.9 million visits up 3% YoY respectively.
  • Visits to friends and relatives (VFR) in Q4 2019 up 6% on those in Q4 2018, with a record 3.3 million visits. In 2019 VFR visits set another record with 12.4 million visits, up 1% YoY.
  • Business visits increased in Q4 2019, up 1% YoY to 2.2 million visits but down 1% YoY to 8.7 million visits in 2019.
  • Miscellaneous journey purpose visits represent a smaller proportion of inbound UK visits and results do tend to fluctuate. Visits in Q4 2019 were down 2% YoY to 555,000, but 2019 results were on par with 2018 with 2.3 million visits.

Visits by global region

 

Q4 2019 (Oct '19 - Dec '19)

2019 (Jan '19 - Dec '19)

  Visits (000) % change
vs Oct - Dec 18
Visits (000) % change vs  Jan '18 - Dec '18
Europe Total 7,215 +5% 27,293 +2%
EU Total 6,502 +4% 24,828 +2%
EU15 5,295 +3% 20,328 +2%
Other EU 1,206 +9% 4,500 +4%
North America 1,191 +24% 5,373 -1%
Rest of World 1,891 +4% 8,191 +0%
  • Visits from Europe overall in Q4 2019 were up 5% YoY to a record 7.2 million visits. Visits in 2019 were also up with 2% on 2018 with 27.3 million visits.
  • Visits from the EU were up 4% YoY in Q4 2019 to 6.5 million, and up 2% YoY in 2019 to 24.8 million visits.
  • Visits from the EU15 in Q4 2019 were up 3% YoY to 5.3 million, and in 2019 up 2% on the previous 12-month period with 20.3 million.
  • Other EU visits were up 9% YoY in Q4 2019 to 1.2 million. Thanks to a record in Q1 and Q3, full 2019 results were up 4% up on 2018 to a record 4.5 million visits.
  • Visits from North America were up 24% YoY in Q4 2019 with a record 1.2 million visits, but visits in 2019 were down 1% to 5.4 million.
  • ‘Rest of World’ markets saw a 4% increase YoY in visits in Q4 2019 to a record 1.9 million visits. 2019 results were on par with those in 2018 with 8.2 million visits.