The International Passenger Survey (IPS) was suspended on 16 March 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic until the start of 2021. The ONS have made every effort to produce high-quality estimates for the periods when IPS data is not being collected but have not been able to produce a full set of results. See the 2020 inbound page for more information.
The 2021 data is ‘incomplete’ as Eurotunnel data was unavailable for the entire year. In addition, interviewing at Dover restarted from Q3 2021 and pseudo records for the Irish land border were also removed in 2021. More info can be found on the 2021 inbound page.
For 2022, Eurotunnel data was also unavailable for the first half of the year. Interviewing at Eurostar was not affected by Covid-19 restrictions in 2021 or the first half of 2022. The ONS restarted IPS interviews at all ports from July 2022. The latest data can be found on the monthly and quarterly pages.
Due to the above, the latest full year IPS data below is from 2019.
- Most trips are by those aged 25-44, but the cohort of 45-54
- Almost three-in-five holiday visitors from France (excluding British nationals) are making a repeat trip to Britain (within ten years)
- 30% of visiting friends and relatives (VFR) visitors from France are British nationals
- 98% of departing visitors (excluding British nationals) are ‘likely’ or ‘extremely likely’ to recommend a visit to Britain
|International tourism expenditure (US$bn)||50.5|
|Global rank for international tourism expenditure||5|
|Number of outbound visits (m)||55.8|
|Most visited destination||Spain|
Key demographic and economic data
|GDP per capita PPP (US$)||53,996|
|Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%)||1.1|
|Annual GDP growth (%)||2.6|