International tourism trends to and from the UK July 2016

International tourism trends to and from the UK July 2016
05 Oct 2016

Provisional international tourism figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS ) for July 2016 indicate that Brexit and its impact on the strength of the pound has, as yet, had little effect on international tourism flow trends.

In July 2016, UK residents made 7.0 million visits abroad. This was an increase of 3% compared with July 2015. Correspondingly, overseas residents made 3.8 million visits to the UK, an increase of 2% compared with July 2015.

In the first week after the Brexit vote the value of sterling fell significantly but has been relatively stable since. With a falling pound we might expect to see an increase in tourism to the UK  and fall in UK residents travelling abroad but this has yet to be reflected in the figures.

Trends in UK resident visits overseas and overseas residents to the UK, August 2014 – July 2016

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