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 up to December 2019. Please note that revised data for the period July - September 2019 is available on the 'latest quarterly data' page.

Inbound visitor statistics for November and December 2019

Visits and spend figures

 

November 2019

December 2019

Last 3 months (Oct - Dec '19)

    % change vs Nov 18   % change vs Dec 18 % change vs Oct - Dec 18
All visits (000) 2,920 -1% 3,210 +12% 9,560 +4%
Spend (£m) £1,940 +21% £2,310 +38% £6,570 +26%
 

Rolling 12 months (Jan '19 - Dec '19)

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    % change vs Jan 18 - Dec 18 When Record Current deficit
Total visits (000) 38,920 +3% Sep 16 - Aug 17 39,730 -810
Spend (£m) £25,490 +11% Jan 19 - Dec 19 £25,490 0
  • Visits: The UK received 2.9 million visits in November 2019, down 1% year-on-year (YoY). In December 2019 visits reached a record 3.2 million visits, up 12% on December 2018. Visits between October and December 2019 were up 4% on those months in 2018 reaching 9.6 million visits, achieving another record. Provisional results for visits in 2019 showed a 3% growth on 2018, up to 38.9 million. However, there were still 1% fewer visits than the 2017 record.
  • Spending: Inbound visitors spent a record £1.9 billion in November 2019, up 21% on November 2018, and a record £2.3 billion in December 2019, up 38% on a weak December 2018 though. It was the seventh month in a row showing double-figure YoY growth. Thanks to those strong results, inbound spending in October – December 2019 was up 26%, setting another record for this period with £6.6 billion spent. In 2019, provisional spend results beat the record for any rolling 12-month period with £25.5 billion, up 11% YoY.

Visits by journey purpose

 

November 2019

December 2019

Last 3 months (Oct - Dec '19)

  Visits (000) % change vs Nov 18 Visits (000) % change vs Dec 18 Visits (000) % change vs Oct - Dec 18
Holiday 1,120 +1% 1,300 +23% 3,790 +10%
VFR 870 -2% 1,160 +13% 3,090 +3%
Business 760 -2% 510 -11% 2,060 -1%
Miscellaneous 170 -3% 240 +10% 640 -1%

 

Rolling 12 months (Jan '19 - Dec '19)

Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months

  Visits (000)

% change vs Jan 18 - Dec 18

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
Holiday 15,980 +6% Jan 19 - Dec 19 15,980 0
VFR 11,850 +1% Jul 17 - Jun 18 12,110 -260
Business 8,470 0% Feb 16 - Jan 17 9,290 -820
Miscellaneous 2,640 +2% Apr 07 - Mar 08 3,470 -830
  • Holiday reached a new record in both November 2019 and December 2019, with 1.1 million visits up 1% YoY and 1.3 million visits up 23% YoY respectively. Visits in October - December 2019 also set a new record with 3.8 million visits, up 10% on those months in 2018. Between January and December 2019, holiday visits beat the record for any 12-month period set before, reaching a record 16.0 million visits.
  • Visits to friends and relatives (VFR) in November 2019 were down 2% on those in November 2018, with 870,000 visits. However, in December 2019 visits were up 13% on December 2018 to a record 1.2 million. In October 2019 – December 2019, visits reached 3.1 million, up 3% on the same period in 2018, setting another record. Provisional results for 2019 show that VFR visits were up 1%, on 2018 with 11.9 million visits, and just 1% short of the 2017 record.
  • Business visits decreased in both November 2019 and December 2019: down 2% YoY to 760,000 visits and down 11% YoY to 510,000 visits respectively. There were 2.1 million visits during October 2019 – December 2019, down 1% on the same months in 2018. Overall, there were 8.5 million business inbound visits to the UK in 2019, on par with 2018.
  • Miscellaneous journey purpose visits (definition on slide 25) represent a smaller proportion of inbound UK visits and results do tend to fluctuate. Visits in October 2019 – December 2019 were down 1% YoY, but up 2% in 2019 with 2.6 million visits.

Visits by global region

 

November 2019

December 2019

Last 3 months (Oct - Dec '19)

  Visits (000) % change
vs Nov 18
Visits (000) % change vs Dec 18 Visits (000) % change vs Oct - Dec 18
Europe Total 2,120 -7% 2,360 +7% 6,890 0%
EU Total 1,910 -9% 2,150 +7% 6,240 0%
EU15 1,530 -9% 1,750 +9% 5,120 +3%
Other EU 380 -8% 400 0% 1,120 -10%
Rest of Europe 210 +13% 210 +6% 650 +1%
North America 340 +16% 360 +74% 1,140 +19%
Rest of World 460 +22% 490 +8% 1,540 +16%

 

Rolling 12 months (Jan '19 - Dec '19)

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  Visits (000)

% change vs 

Jan 18 - Dec 18

When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
Europe Total 26,960 0% Sep 16 - Aug 17 28,740 -1,780
EU Total 24,650 -1% Oct 16 - Sep 17 26,280 -1,630
EU15 19,680 -1% May 16 - Apr 17 21,450 -1,770
Other EU 4,970 +2% Oct 18 - Sep 19 5,090 -120
Rest of Europe 2,310 +3% Jan 17 - Dec 17 2,550 -240
North America 5,360 +13% Jan 19 - Dec 19 5,360 0
Rest of World 6,610 +7% Jan 19 - Dec 19 6,610 0
  • Visits from Europe overall in November 2019 were down 7% YoY, but up 7% YoY in December 2019 to a record 2.4 million visits. Visits in October – December 2019 and in 2019 were both on par with visits in the same periods in 2018, with 6.9 million and 27.0 million visits respectively.
  • Visits from the EU were down 9% YoY in November 2019, but up 7% YoY in December 2019 to a record 2.2 million. The latest three months were on par with the same months in 2018 with 6.2 million visits. But with no growth in 6 of the 12 months to December 2019, visits in 2019 were 1% down YoY with 24.7 million visits. Within this:
  • Visits from the EU15 markets broadly followed this trend in November and December. Visits in October – December 2019 were up 3% YoY, and in January to December 2019 down 1% on the previous 12-month period with 19.7 million.
  • With October and November down YoY, visits from Other EU were down 10% YoY in the latest 3 months. However, with the first five months of 2019 setting new records, visits remained up 2% YoY in 2019, with a record 5.0 million.
  • Visits from North America were up 16% YoY in November 2019 with a record 340,000 visits. December 2019 also saw record visits up to 360,000. Records were also set in October – December 2019 with 1.1 million visits, the latest 12 months passed the 5-million-visit mark for the six months in a row, beating the record in any 12-month period with 5.4 million visits.
  • ‘Rest of World’ markets saw a 22% increase YoY in visits in November 2019 and an 8% increase in December 2019, both setting new records. The record-setting continued for visits from those markets in the other periods with October – December 2019 up 16% YoY to a record 1.5 million visits and the 12-month period to December 2019 beating all previous records for any 12-month period with 6.6 million visits, up 7% YoY.

 

Explore the quarterly data or read more on December 2019 results downloading our report (PDF, 1,126KB).