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. Data for 2021 and 2022 was also impacted by COVID-19, more information can be found on the About IPS page.
Due to the above, the latest full year IPS data below is from 2019. You can access data detailed data from 2020 onwards on the latest annual page.
- In 2022, 31% of visits from Hong Kong were made by British passport holders and 41% by Hong Kong nationals - in 2019 this was 17% and 64% respectively
- Just above half of holidays visitors (excluding British expats) were making a repeat trip to Britain in 2015 (within 10 years, 53%)
- Departing Hong Kongers (excluding British expats) are less likely to recommend Britain for a visit: only 76% of them are 'extremely' likely to recommend Britain against 82% for the all-market average
|International tourism expenditure (US$bn)||26.9|
|Global rank for international tourism expenditure||13|
|Number of outbound visits (m)||36.5|
|Number of outbound visits excl. China and Macao (m)||8.0|
|Most visited destination||China|
|Most visited destination (excl. China and Macao)||Japan|
|Most visited destination in Western Europe||United Kingdom|
Key demographic and economic data
|GDP per capita PPP (US$)||58,961|
|Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%)||1.3|
|Annual GDP growth (%)||4.4|