The UK received 3.12 million overseas visits in September, up 1% year-on-year, a new record for the month of September. In the past 3 months, visits are 2% up compared to July-September 2015 at 10.69 million. Year to date visits are tracking 3% ahead of the same time period last year. In the 12 month period to September the UK received 4% more inbound visits than the previous 12 months at 36.82 million visits. Each of these time periods represented new records for inbound visits to Britain.
Holiday visits were up 1% in September to 1.12 million, following 5 months of year-on-year declines. Visits to friends and relatives (VFR) experienced another increase in visits this month, up 2% at 860,000, setting a new record for September. During September 2016 Business visits saw a strong growth of 7% following 3 months of stable results.