UK visits to France increase by 217,000 in the first six months of 2017

UK visits to France increase by 217,000 in the first six months of 2017
20 Oct 2017

20 October 2017

 

The latest quarterly output from the International Passenger Survey (IPS) shows that the loss of share of UK resident visits to France has continued but has slowed down. Between 2010 and 2016, the market share of UK resident visits to France fell from 16.3% to 12.1% with a loss of nearly 0.5 million visits to 8.5 million over the period. While the share taken by France fell, the share captured by Europe overall increased from 76.6% to 79.5% with an additional 14 million UK resident visits to Europe to reach 56.3 million visits.

The long-term trend has continued into 2017 with the share of UK resident visits to France falling from 12.5% to 12.4% for the first six months of the year between 2016 and 2017. However, the market share drop was small and this could be the beginning of a revival of visits to France by UK residents as the number of UK resident visits to France in the first six months of was up by 217,000 visits.

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.

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