The increase in spending was larger than the increase in the number of visits (4%). We would like to use cookies to collect information about how you use ons.gov.uk. Overseas visits from Spain grew by 11 per cent to 1.9 million, with visitor spending up 14 per cent to £861 million. In 2018, Asia is the biggest player in the rankings. There were 15.4 million holiday visits to the UK in 2017, an increase of 11% and accounting for 39% of the total visits. A visitor is somebody who visits for daytime duration only, and a tourist is somebody who visits with an overnight stay. The Isle of Skye is one of the most beautiful places in the UK but its services are being stretched by the number of tourists flocking there to enjoy the rugged mountains and sea lochs. International tourism. The official statistics for the final quarter of 2019 have yet to been published, although in 2018 a total of 37.9 million people visited the UK from overseas and cumulatively spent £22.8 billion, making the average spend per visit £601. These response rates relate to complete and partial interviews. The 37.9 million overseas visitors who came to the UK in 2018 spent £22.9 billion. Most visited amusement and theme parks in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018-2019 Leisure and theme park attendance in England 2017, by attraction Further related statistics The following tables have now been added: Section 2: Overseas residents’ visits to the UK, 2013 to 2017 Section 3: UK residents’ visits abroad, 2013 to 2017 Section 6: Overseas travel and tourism, Quarter 4 (Oct to Dec) 2017. Responses to the survey are scaled up to represent all passengers using information on total international passenger traffic for the reporting period. Users of this report are strongly advised to read this policy before using this data for research or policy-related purposes. There were 39.2 million visits by overseas residents to the UK in 2017, 4% more than in 2016. 2008 Summary Tables. There were 17.6 million visits overseas to visit friends and family in 2017 (6% more than in 2016) and 6.8 million business visits in 2017 (5% fewer than in 2016). Non-respondents often have different characteristics of travel and expenditure compared with those who do respond and this can lead to biases being introduced into the results. Data are available online for each year from 1993 onwards, in both SPSS and Excel formats. The number of business visits fell from 9.2 million in 2016 to 8.8 million in 2017, a decrease of 4%. There was a record number of visits to the UK in 2017 and a record number of visits abroad by UK residents. More people visited the UK in January 2017 too, with 2.9 million visitors in total – a rise of 11 per cent from the previous year. The UK Tourist 2008. Parts of the bulletin refer to countries visited abroad. IPS interviews take place on a face-to-face basis. Consequently, there was a fall in business visits both by UK residents abroad and by overseas residents visiting the UK. British, other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals increased by 7% to 124.4 million; around one-third of these were EEA and Swiss nationals 2. Average spend per visit of tourists from China in the United Kingdom (UK) 2004-2019 Number of Chinese tourist visits to London 2006-2018 Holiday spend of Chinese tourists in London 2006-2018 The highest number of visitors to the UK in one year was 39.2 million in 2017, meaning the number of visitors was almost two-thirds of the whole population of the UK. Repeat holiday visitors are likely to stay longer on their trip to the UK than first-time visitors, and spend more on average per night and overall on their trip, indicating how valuable it is to continue to encourage visitors to return. Egypt welcomed 61,481 UK visitors between January and February this year - 39.1 per cent compared to the same period in 2017. The figures are not just a result of London-centric tourism, with other English regions receiving record numbers of visitors in the first nine months of 2017. In 2017, Chinese tourists made 143m journeys abroad, followed by Germany (92m), the US (87.8m) and the UK (74.2m). A short set of summary tables … However, the most impressive growth rates were observed in Turkey, Croatia and Albania. The number of overseas tourists who visited Dublin last year, spending €1,981 million in the process. London also saw an increase in international tourists, with 7 per cent more visits than January to September 2016. Until recently, responses were initially recorded on paper forms. There were 30.1 million inbound visits from January to September 2017 – 7 per cent higher than during the same period the previous year. Rollout of tablet data collection started in September 2017 and completed in April 2018 when Heathrow Airport moved to tablets. If, for example, the relative 95% confidence interval relating to an estimate of 10,000 was 5.0% there would be 19 chances out of 20 that the true figure (if all travellers had been surveyed) would lie in the range 9,500 to 10,500. Non-EEA nationals decreased by 7% to 19.6 million; data from 2018 (the latest … Not all the tables were published on 20 July: some were delayed due to the work ongoing to modernise the data collection approach underpinning Travel trends. The US is Britain’s most valuable tourism source market, with 4.3 million visits recorded in 2016, up 7 per cent on the previous year In September 2017, data collection on tablets started to be phased in and this implementation was completed in April 2018. Due to the layout and facilities at some seaports it is not always possible to interview passengers as they arrive. Estimates are subject to sampling error and confidence intervals are provided to help you interpret the estimates (see Section 5 Quality and methodology). Sampling errors are determined both by the sample design and by the sample size – generally speaking, the larger the sample supporting a particular estimate, the proportionately smaller is its sampling error. All other revisions will be regarded as unplanned and will be dealt with by non-standard releases. There were 72.8 million visits overseas by UK residents in 2017, an increase of 3% when compared with 2016. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Business visits decreased in 2017, both for UK residents visiting abroad and overseas residents visiting the UK. A record number of international tourists visited the UK in the first nine months of 2017 according to official statistics released on 18 January. This version of Travel trends publishes the full set of tables, along with the associated Travelpac publication; the previous version (published on 20 July 2018) included the main travel and tourism results, the full set of tables have been published later due to work ongoing to modernise the data collection approach underpinning Travel trends. The estimates contained in Travel trends (as well as our other Overseas Travel and Tourism statistics) are subject to sampling errors, which are driven by the fact that IPS is a survey. decrease by 0.8%. The resulting figures give a more accurate indication of underlying movements in the series. The number of visits made by overseas visitors to Scotland rose by nearly 17% between 2005 (2.4 million) and 2016 (2.8 million).. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. In such cases, IPS staff interview on board vessels leaving or returning to the UK, or on board the Eurotunnel Trains. UK residents spent £44.8 billion on visits abroad in 2017, which was 2% more than in 2016 (see Figure 2). 2017 had the highest number of visitors in one year (39.2 million).This is almost two-thirds of the population of the UK. People mainly visit Italy for its rich culture, cuisine, history, fashion and art, its beautiful coastline and beaches, its mountains, and priceless ancient monuments.Italy also contains more World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world (). These represent the interval into which there are 19 chances out of 20 that the true figure (had all travellers been surveyed) would lie. A record number of international tourists visited the UK in the first nine months of 2017 according to official statistics released on 18 January. These figures represent a 3% decrease in volume and 7% (nominal) decrease in value compared with 2017. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. The revisions policy is available in the IPS Quality and Methodology Information report to assist users in the understanding of the cycle and frequency of data revisions. The number of combined (overseas and domestic) visits … This edition of Travel trends includes the full suite of tables. There were 37.9 million visits to the UK in 2018. You’ve accepted all cookies. For information about the 2017 response rates contact socialsurveys@ons.gov.uk. Spain tops the list, with 18.13 million visitors from the UK in 2019. Those of significant magnitude will be highlighted and explained. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? The most common reason for travelling abroad was for holidays. Visits were up 2 per cent too, reaching 2.6 million. “It is fantastic news that towns and cities across the UK are benefiting from the boom in tourism, and as the new Tourism Minister I want to ensure that this trend continues,” said Tourism Minister Michael Ellis. The official statistics for the final quarter of 2019 have yet to been published, although in 2018 a total of 37.9 million people visited the UK from overseas and cumulatively spent £22.8 billion, making the average spend per visit £601. 2017 had the highest number of visitors in one year (39.2 million).This is almost two-thirds of the population of the UK. By 2015, all three countries were among the top countries in the region in terms of tourist arrivals, with Turkey seeing tourist numbers increasing nearly 4-fold and becoming the 4th most popular tourist destination in the Mediterranean. The response rates for the air, sea and the Channel Tunnel samples are shown in Table D.1. Inbound tourism is about people visiting from another country. All revisions will be released in compliance with the same principles as other new information. The IPS is in the process of modernising its data collection approach from data collected on paper forms to an improved method using tablet computers. In addition to Travel trends, we also publish provisional monthly and quarterly results from the IPS that are available free of charge from our website. The data are then transmitted to ONS headquarters where a series of further quality and accuracy checks are made on the data before processing and analysis. We published Travel trends 2017 on 20 July 2018, containing the main tables for the publication. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Most of the data presented in this report, however, were collected on paper. Figures released by Alva showed attractions across London as a whole saw a 1.2% rise in 2017 compared to the previous year. There were 37.9 million visits to the UK in 2018.