Substantial growth in first quarter 2017 for both inbound and outbound tourist flows

19 Jul 2017

The first quarter 2017 results of the International Passenger Survey results were published in July and showed substantial growth for both inbound and outbound tourism. The 9.9% growth in overseas residents to the UK was the highest in over ten years and reached over 8.3 million visits in the quarter. Meanwhile growth in UK resident visits abroad at 8.1% was down on the first quarter growth rate of 2016 at 11% but it reached over 14 million visits.

Growth in the number visits was magnified by the growth in expenditure. Overseas residents spending in the UK was up 15.6% in the first quarter of 2017 while UK resident expenditure overseas was up 11.7%.

Overseas residents made 3.7 million visits to the UK in April 2017; this has increased by 19% when compared with April 2016. UK residents made 6.1 million visits abroad in April 2017; this has increased by 2% when compared with April 2016.

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. A wide range of data is available. Please contact us for a list of the most common variables.

IRN Research has been analysing IPS data for bespoke requirements for over 20 years. Please contact us at if you have any impending research project tenders.


IRN Team

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