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 November 2015

Visits and spend figures

  November 2015 Last 3 months (Sep-Nov) Year to date (Jan-Nov 15)
    % change vs Nov 14   % change vs Sep-Nov 14   % change vs Jan-Nov 14
All visits (000) 2,580 -2% 9,030 5% 33,260 4%
Spend (£m) £1,440 -8% £5,640 2% £20,060 0%
  Rolling 12 months
(Dec 14-Nov 15)
Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
    % change vs Dec 13-Nov 14 When Record Current deficit
Total visits (000) 35,680 4% Dec 14-Nov 15 35,680 0
Spend (£m) £21,780 0% Jul 14-Jun 15 £22,025 -295

Visits: The UK recorded 2.58 million inbound visits in November 2015, 2% fewer than the record set in November 2014.  Across the eleven months to November 2015, UK visit levels were 4% higher than in the same period last year which suggests 2015 is on track to be another record breaking year for overseas resident visits to the UK.  Indeed, combining the results for the first eleven months of 2015 with December 2014 figures, the UK is tracking 4% higher in this most recent 12 month period compared to the rolling 12 months to November 2014.

Spending: Overseas visitors spent £1.44 billion while in the UK during November 2015, 8% lower than in November 2014.  Despite this monthly decrease in visitor spending, results over the last three months show spending of £5.64 billion, 2% more than in the three months to November 2014.  Over the medium term, inbound visitor spending remained on par with the record breaking 2014 results. 

This analysis is based on the provisional IPS data that has been released by the ONS so far this year. 

Visits by journey purpose

  November 2015 Last 3 months (Sep-Nov) Year to date (Jan-Nov 15)
  Visits (000) % change vs Nov 14 Visits (000) % change vs Sep-Nov 14 Visits (000) % change vs Jan-Nov 14
Holiday 790 -8% 3,080 0% 12,910 0%
VFR 830 8% 2,640 9% 9,620 7%
Business 750 -3% 2,430 -2% 8,120 6%
Miscellaneous 220 -3% 890 39% 2,630 5%
  Rolling 12 months
(Dec 14-Nov 15)
Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000) % change vs Dec 13-Nov 14 When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
Holiday 13,640 1% Jun 14-May 15 13,670 -30
VFR 10,410 6% Dec 14-Nov 15 10,410 0
Business 8,760 6% May 07-Apr 08 8,991 -231
Miscellaneous 2,890 4% Apr 07-Mar 08 3,466 -576

 

Holiday visits have been variable each month of this year, posting an 8% decrease in November this year, compared to November 2014.  Over the medium term these monthly fluctuations are smoothed out with holiday visits to the UK in the three months to November, year to date and rolling twelve months currently in line with the same record holding periods of 2014. 

Visits to friends and relatives (VFR) was the only journey purpose category to record a positive increase this month (8%), compared to November 2014, with 0.83 million visits.  With seven months of year on year monthly record breaking visits, VFR visits to the UK between January and November 2015 were 7% higher than the same time last year and are tracking at a record level of 10.4 million in the twelve months from December 2014.

During 2015, business visits have been showing signs of an improving recovery since the global financial crisis, although at 0.75 million visits in November this is 3% lower than November 2014.  With particularly strong first and second quarters during 2015, business visits were tracking 6% higher in the rolling twelve months to November 2015 (compared to the previous twelve months) and setting a new record in recent times for the rolling twelve months to November.

Miscellaneous journey purposes were 3% lower than November last year at 0.22 million visits. Following on from strong results in September and October miscellaneous visits during the three months to November 2015 are 39% higher than the same time last year.  During the eleven months to November 2015 and rolling twelve months to November 2015, miscellaneous visits were tracking 5% and 4% higher (respectively) compared to the same time last year.

Visits by global region

  November 2015 Last 3 months (Sep-Nov) Year to date (Jan-Nov 15)
  Visits (000) % change
vs Nov 14
Visits (000) % change vs Sep-Nov 14 Visits (000) % change vs Jan-Nov 14
EU15 1,530 -4% 4,940 4% 18,440 2%
Other EU 320 -3% 1,120 13% 3,810 17%
Rest of Europe 190 -18% 600 -6% 2,070 -8%
North America 220 15% 940 1% 3,690 8%
Rest of World 320 16% 1,440 11%

5,260

6%
  Rolling 12 months
(Dec 14-Nov 15)
Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000) % change vs Dec 13-Nov 14 When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
EU15 19,830 2% Dec 14-Nov 15 19,830 0
Other EU 4,140 18% Dec 14-Nov 15 4,140 0
Rest of Europe 2,240 -7% Feb 14-Jan 15 2,442 -202
North America 3,880 7% Jan 00-Dec 00 4,869 -989
Rest of World 5,590 4% Dec 14-Nov 15 5,590 0

Visits from EU15 markets were down 4% in November this year compared to November 2014 (the current November record holder) at 1.53 million.  Visits from these high volume UK markets are up on all medium term time periods, compared to the same time last year.  With over 18.4 million visits from these markets in the first eleven months of 2015, these high volume source markets for the UK have accounted for over half (55%) of all inbound overseas resident visits to the UK during January to November 2015.

Visits from Other EU markets have seen the strongest year on year growth this year, although down 3% in November 2015, compared to a strong November 2014.  There have been a record 3.81 million visits to the UK from these markets so far this year - 17% more than the same time last year and over half a million more visits than in the first eleven months of 2014 (the previous record holder).

Visits from Rest of Europe reported the biggest decrease this month compared to November 2014 – down 18% on the record posted last year.  Visits to the UK from the Rest of Europe are down in the last three months, year to date and rolling 12 month period. The UK saw visit numbers from several individual markets in this region decline in the first nine months of 2015, compared to the first nine months of 2014, including Russia, Norway and Switzerland.

Visits to the UK from North America were up 15% in November this year at 2.20 million visits.  Combined visits from Canada and the USA were 8% higher in the eleven months to November 2015 compared to 2014.  While positive territory, these results still fall short of the record highs recorded in the first year of this millennium.

Rest of World visits were up 16% in November this year, compared to the same month last year.  With particularly strong monthly results since July this year (including five consecutive monthly records) visits in the first eleven months of 2015 were 6% higher than the levels seen in the same period of 2014.  Indeed, visits to the UK from the combined Rest of World regions have been tracking at record levels in eight of the eleven months of this year.

Explore the quarterly data or read more on the November 2015 results.