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RECORD BREAKING JULY FOR INBOUND TOURISM

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Date: 30/09/2016

The latest available data from the International Passenger Survey is available below. This shows the volume and value of visits to the UK by overseas residents for the most recent month and quarter.

The survey is run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – monthly data is generally available 7 weeks after the end of each month and quarterly data is generally available 4 months after the close of each quarter. For publication dates and more information, please see about the International Passenger Survey.

Inbound visitor statistics for July 2016
Visits and spend figures

  Rolling 12 months
(Aug 15 - Jul 16)
Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
     % change vs Aug 14-Jul 15 When Record Current deficit
Total visits (000) 36,580 4% Apr 15-Mar 16 36,648 -68
Spend (£m) £21,750 -1% Jul 14-Jun 15 £22,113 -363






Visits: The UK experienced 3.80 million inbound visits in July which is a 2% increase on July 2015, and sets a new record for any month. The number of visits for year to date is tracking 2% higher compared to the same period last year and a record for the first seven months of the year; whilst Q1 and July saw positive growth, the months of April to June were weaker than the same period last year. In the 12 month period to July the UK received 4% more inbound visits than the previous 12 months at 36.6 million visits.

Spending: July spending is up 4% on July 2015 at £2.53 billion, and has grown at a higher rate than visits, which could be triggered by the lower value of UK currency. Whilst the last three months and also the year to date spending figures are down (-4% and -3% respectively), the 12 month period to July 2016 is currently tracking just -1% lower than the previous 12 months.
 
Visits by journey purpose

  July 2016 Year To Date (Jan - Jul 16)
  Visits (000) % change vs July 15 Visits (000) % change vs Jan-Jul 15
Holiday 1,580 -5% 7,770 -5%
VFR 1,100 8% 6,350 9%
Business 730 0% 5,340 3%
Miscellaneous 380 23% 1,640 10%
 

  Rolling 12 months
(Aug 15 - Jul 16)
Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000) % change vs Aug 14-Jul 15 When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
Holiday 13,450 -2% Apr 15-Mar 16 13,998 -510
VFR 10,990 9% Aug 15-Jul 16 10,990 0
Business 9,030 3% May 15-Apr 16 9,102 -30
Miscellaneous 3,090 14% Apr 07-Mar 08 3,466 -376

Holiday visits were 5% down in July at 1.58 million, after a strong July last year. The last three months and year to date are tracking 6% and 5% lower than the same periods last year. The 12 months to July are currently tracking just 2% lower than the 12 months prior, boosted by a strong Q4 2015 and Q1 2016.

Visits to friends and relatives (VFR) again experienced an increase in visits, up 8% in July to 1.10 million and setting a new record for July. The last three months have experienced growth of 11% due to record breaking figures each month, and visits for the last 12 months are 9% higher overall than the 12 months before, setting a new record at 10.99 million.

During June 2016, business visits remained stable compared to last year, matching the strongest July on record. Due to a weak May, the three month period is 3% lower than the same period in 2015. However the year to date and last 12 months are both tracking 3% higher.

Miscellaneous journey purpose visits are a combination of a wide range of different journey purposes, including (but not limited to) short term study, looking for work, shopping, attending a sports event and many more. In July 2016 visits to the UK for miscellaneous purposes were 23% higher than July last year. In 2016 so far there have been 1.64 million visits (10% more than the same period a year before). Miscellaneous visits to the UK were tracking 14% higher in the twelve months to July 2016 than during the previous twelve month period.

Visits by global region

  July 2016 Year To Date (Jan - Jul 16)
  Visits (000) % change
vs July 15
Visits (000) % change vs Jan-Jul 15
EU15 1,880 2% 11,760 1%
Other EU 380 14% 2,620 12%
Rest of Europe 160 -31% 1,280 1%
North America 580 5% 2,390 3%
Rest of World 790 6% 3,020 -1%
 

  Rolling 12 months
(Aug 15 - Jul 16)
Benchmark to best ever rolling 12 months
  Visits (000) % change vs Aug 14-Jul 15 When Record (000) Current deficit (000)
EU15 20,110 2% Apr 15-Mar 16 20,258 -110
Other EU 4,500 14% Aug 15-Jul 16 4,500 0
Rest of Europe 2,280 -1% Feb 14-Jan 15 2,435 -162
North America 4,040 5% Jan 00-Dec 00 4,869 -829
Rest of World 5,620 4% Feb 15-Jan 16 5,663 -43

Visits from EU15 markets were 2% higher than July 2015 at 1.88 million, the highest July on record. The last three months are stable with no change from the same period last year. However the year to date is up 1% on the same period last year, at 11.76 million and setting a new record for the year to date. There were similar results over the period of the rolling twelve months to July from EU15 markets with 20.11 million visits to the UK, up 2% year-on-year.
Visits from Other EU markets have increased this month, up 14% since July 2015, and setting a new July record at 380,000 visits. For 2016 so far, there were 2.62 million visits to the UK, 12% ahead of the same period last year, a new record for the first 7 months. Visits to the UK from these markets were 14% higher at 4.50 million in the twelve months to July 2016, a new 12 month record.

The Rest of Europe saw a decrease in visits, down 31% to 160,000 in July 2015. Boosted, however, by the strong May results (up 27%), the three months to July were down just 4% on the same period the year before, up at 590,000 visits. The year to date is currently up 1% on last year and the 12 month period to July 2016 1% down on the previous 12 months, at 2.28 million visits.

Visits to the UK from North America were up 5% in July 2016 at 580,000 visits. Combined visits from Canada and the USA were stable in the three months to July 2016 and 3% up for year to date. For the rolling 12 months period, the number of visits is back above 4 million, at 4.04 visits, a 5% increase on the 12 months previously. Whilst promising, these results still fall short of the record highs recorded in the year 2000.

Rest of World reported an increase in visits to the UK of 6% during July 2016 at 790,000 visits, a new monthly record. Visits in the last three months are stable and the year to date is 1% lower than the same period in 2015. Visits to the UK in the rolling twelve months to July 2016 were tracking 4% higher at 5.62 million.

Explore the quarterly data or read more on the July 2016 results (PDF, 361KB).