Latest quarterly data for the UK overall

The latest quarterly data from the International Passenger Survey is available below. This shows the overall volume and value of visits to the UK by overseas residents.

Updated 28 May: From 22 May we will be working to update all of the data and documents on this page following the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revision of the International Passenger Survey (IPS) data for 2009-2018 and the released detailed 2019 data. Please be patient as we update these pages or contact the VisitBritain research team if you have any questions- VB/VEResearch@visitbritain.org. Thank you.

Latest quarterly data for overall visits to the UK

Visits from overseas residents to the UK in Q1 (January to March) of 2020 were down 16% on Q1 2019 to 7.0 million inbound visits. Spending by overseas visitors during Q1 was also down but by a lesser 10% on Q1 2019 (in nominal terms) at £4.3 billion. Visitor nights in Q1 were down 5% on the same period last year.

Overall, 2019 saw a rise in both visits from overseas residents to the UK and spending compared to 2018.  There were 40.9 million inbound visits who spent a record £28.4 billion, up 1% and up 7%. Visitor nights in 2019 were down 1% on results posted in 2018.  

Use the chart below to explore visits to the UK from overseas by quarter, including a breakdown of visits, nights and spend by market and purpose of visit. We also have data available by area in the latest data by area section.

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