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Travel Trends is an annual publication which presents some of the key trends in overseas travel and tourism drawn from the findings of the International Passenger Survey (IPS). Analysis is based on completed visits (for any purpose) of less than 12 months’ duration by:
a) overseas residents to the UK, and
b) UK residents abroad

What is the International Passenger Survey?
The IPS is a continuous survey carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the results of which are used by a number of government departments and organisations. The results are based on face-to-face interviews with a random sample of passengers as they enter or leave the UK by the principal air, sea and tunnel routes.


Travel Trends 2016

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9781787320581
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Publication Date
2 June 2017
Edition
2016
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156 pages
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Travel trends is an annual report that provides estimates and profiles of travel and tourism visits (those of less than 12 months' duration) and associated earnings and expenditure between the UK and the rest of the world. The International Passenger Survey (IPS) has been providing the source data for travel and tourism since 1961.

Main points
  • There was a record number of visits to the UK in 2016 and a record number of visits abroad by UK residents.
  • There were 37.6 million visits by overseas residents to the UK in 2016, which was 4% more than in 2015.
  • There were 70.8 million visits overseas by UK residents in 2016, which was 8% more than in 2015.
  • UK residents spent 43.8 billion on visits overseas in 2016, which was 12% more than in 2015.
  • Overseas residents spent 22.5 billion on visits to the UK in 2016, an increase of 2% compared with 2015.
  • The most frequent reason for visits was for holidays, both for UK residents visiting abroad and overseas residents visiting the UK.
 


Travel Trends 2015

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9781785841644
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Publication Date
2 June 2016
Edition
2015
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Extent
214 pages
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Travel Trends is an annual report that provides estimates and profiles of travel and tourism visits (those of less than 12 months' duration) and associated earnings and expenditure between the UK and the rest of the world. The International Passenger Survey (IPS) has been providing the source data for travel and tourism since 1961.
  • In 2015, overseas residents made 36.1 million visits to the UK, 5.1% higher than in 2014.
  • There was an increase in the number of visits to the UK by overseas residents for the fifth consecutive year in 2015, and the highest number of visits since the International Passenger Survey (IPS) began in 1961. The survey also shows the highest recorded visitor spending (without adjusting for inflation).
  • Earnings from visits to the UK reached a record level of spending in the UK of 22.1 billion, they increased by 0.2 billion (1.0%) compared with 2014, before inflation.
  • The number of nights spent in the UK by overseas visitors rose to 273.1 million, an increase of 3.2% compared with the previous year. Visits from North America, Europe and Other Countries (countries outside Europe and North America) increased in 2015 by 9.6%, 4.1% and 6.6% respectively. Spending by North American residents and Other Countries also grew by 2.9% and 3.9%, however, spending by visitors from Europe showed a decline of 1.4%.
  • Holidays remain the main reason for visits to the UK, accounting for 13.9 million visits, a rise of 2.1% compared with 2014. Business visits and visits to friends and family both showed growths of 7.1%.
  • A record 18.6 million overnight visits to London were made by overseas residents in 2015, an increase of 1.2 million (6.8%) from 2014, and 11.9 billion was spent on these visits.
  • Overnight visits to the rest of England grew by 6.9% to 15.2 million. Visits to Wales rose by 4.0% in 2015, however, visits to Scotland decreased by 4.0%.
 


Travel Trends 2014

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9781785840128
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Publication Date
21 May 2015
Edition
2014
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Paperback
Extent
162 pages
Dimensions
A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Travel Trends 2014: Main findings
Trends in visits to the UK by overseas residents
  • There was an increase in the number of visits to the UK by overseas residents for the fourth consecutive year in 2014, and the highest number of visits since the IPS began in 1961. It also had the highest recorded spending.
  • In 2014 overseas residents made 34.4 million visits to the UK, 5.2% higher than in 2013.
  • Earnings from visits to the UK reached a record level of spending in the UK of 21.8 billion, they increased by 0.6 billion (2.8%) compared to 2013.
  • The number of nights spent in the UK rose to 264.6 million, an increase of 7.8% compared to the previous year.
  • Visits from North America and Europe increased in 2014 by 3.3% and 6.6% respectively. Spending from North America and Europe also grew by 11.6% and 4.2%. However, visits and spending by visitors from "Other Countries" showed a decline of 0.2% and 2.9% respectively.
  • Holidays remain the main reason for visits to the UK, accounting for 13.6 million visits, a rise of 7.2% compared with 2013. Business visits and visits to friends and family both showed a growth of 4.8%.
  • A record 17.4 million overnight visits to London were made by overseas residents in 2014, an increase of 0.6 million (3.5%) from 2013, and 11.8 billion was spent on these visits.
  • Overnight visits to the rest of England grew by 5.1% to 14.2 million. Visits to Scotland and Wales also continued to rise in 2014, with Scottish visits up 11.5% and Welsh up 7.3%.

  • Trends in visits abroad by UK Residents
    • UK residents made 4.0% more visits abroad and spent 1.0 billion (3.0%) more during these visits in 2014 than 2013. The length of visit also increased, up 1.9% to 616.5 million nights.
    • UK residents made 60.1 million visits abroad in 2014.
    • The number of visits abroad for holidays grew (up 3.7%) as did visits abroad to friends or family and for business (up 7.8% and 0.1% respectively). Spending on holidays and visits to friends and family increased by 4.5% and 6.5% respectively, while expenditure on business visits abroad fell 3.8%.
    • Visits to North America, Europe and "Other Countries" grew in 2014, up 8.5%, 3.8% and 3.2% respectively. Spending in these regions also increased by 9.9%, 1.3% and 3.8% respectively.
    • Spain continued to be the top destination for UK residents visiting abroad, accounting for 12.2 million visits, a 5.4% increase from the previous year, and accounting for 20.4% of the total number of visits abroad.
     


Travel Trends 2013

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ISBN
9781909620711
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Publication Date
12 June 2014
Edition
2013
Format
Paperback
Extent
207 pages
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A4 (210 x 297 mm)

• 2013 saw the highest number of visits to the UK by overseas residents since the IPS began in 1961, it also saw the highest recorded spending.
• Overseas residents made 5.6% more visits to the UK in 2013 compared with 2012 leading to an historical high of 32,813,000 visits.
• Earnings from visits to the UK rose by £2.4 billion (12.7%) compared to 2012 to reach a record level of spending in the UK of £21 billion.
• The number of nights spent in the UK also grew 6.6% in 2013 to a total of 245.3 million overnight stays.
• Visits from North America continued to show a decline, 0.3% down on 2012, however spending from the region increased by 2.9%. Visits from Europe and 'Other Countries' showed increases of 5.7% and 9.3% respectively and spending from these regions also grew by 10.5% and 21.6%.
• Holidays remain the main reason for visits to the UK accounting for 12.7 million visits, a rise of 6.4% on 2012. Business visits and visits to friends and family continued to show growth, up 7.0% and 4.2% respectively.
• Overseas residents made 16.8 million overnight visits to London in 2013, an increase of 1.3 million (8.6%) from 2012, and spent an estimated £11.3 billion on visits to the Capital.
• Overnight visits to the rest of England grew by 6.1% to 13.6 million while visits to Scotland and Wales both showed increases after falls in 2012, Scottish visits up 9.8% and Welsh 3.5%. 


Travel Trends 2012

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ISBN
9781909620087
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Publication Date
9 May 2013
Edition
2012
Format
Paperback
Extent
162 pages
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• 2012 presented an unusual year for planning travel and tourism to and from the UK. It saw the UK host the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June, the London 2012 Olympic Games in July/August and Paralympics in August/September. Other factors in 2012 that might be expected to impact on travel and tourism included the wettest April to June on record in the UK and some strengthening of the pound against the euro from low exchange rates experienced in 2009 to 2011.
• However, although there was a reduction in visits to the UK in quarter 3 (July to September) and an increase in quarters 1, 2 and 4, visit trends in 2012 displayed a number of similarities to recent years.
• The number of visits to the UK in 2012 as a whole rose by 0.9% from 2011, whereas visits abroad fell by 0.5%. This is the fourth consecutive year that the gap between outbound visits and inbound visits has narrowed.
• Earnings from visits to the UK rose by £0.6 billion (3.6%) to £18.6 billion. Expenditure on visits abroad rose by £0.7 billion (2.4%) to £32.4 billion. This resulted in a broadly unchanged deficit to the UK associated with overseas travel and tourism, the figure being £13.8 billion in 2012. 



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