2015 is another growth year for inbound and outbound tourism

27 May 2016

The in-depth results of the IPS were published in May and confirmed that both inbound and outbound tourism continued to grow. Following four years of growth in inbound tourism, measured in terms of overseas resident visits to the UK, the market  increased by 5.1% to reach 31.6 m visits in 2015. Similarly, after two years of growth in outbound tourism the number of UK resident visits overseas increased by 9.4% to reach 65.7m visits in 2015.

The inbound and outbound growth was also reflected in an 1% increase expenditure for inbound tourism and 9.8% increase in expenditure in outbound tourism.

The International Passenger Survey (IPS) collects information about passengers entering and leaving the UK, and has been running continuously since 1961. The IPS conducts between 700,000 and 800,000 interviews a year of which over 250,000 are used to produce estimates of Overseas Travel and Tourism.

Interviews are carried out at all major airports and sea routes, at Eurostar terminals and on Eurotunnel shuttle trains.

IRN Research has been analysing IPS data for bespoke requirements for over 20 years. Please contact us at info@irn-research.com if you have a need for market research project.


IRN Team