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.

The Office for National Statistics are due to release the Q4 2017 (October – December) data on 20 July, it will be shortly after this that we will be able to update this page with the IPS data.  In addition we are expecting to receive data for Q1 2018 on 12 July.

Latest quarterly data for overall visits to the UK

Visits from overseas residents to the UK in Q3 (July to September) of 2017 were up 3% on Q3 2016 at 10.9 million.  Spending by overseas visitors during Q3 was up 8% compared to Q3 last year (in nominal terms) at £8.2 billion. Visitor nights in Q3 were up 1% on the same period last year.

With data now available for the first three quarters of 2017, it is possible to make comparisons with same period of 2016.  It has been a record first 9 months with 30.1 million visits in the first 9 months, 7% higher than the start of 2016 who have spent a combined £19.0 billion, 11% more than was spent between January to September 2016 (in nominal terms).  There have also been record levels of inbound visitor nights – 223.6 million – 4% up on the start of 2016.

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 as well as insights about the latest monthly data.

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