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Release: Overseas Travel and Tourism - Quarterly Release, Q1 2014

Released: 10 July 2014 Next edition: 09 October 2014


Fiona Dawe

Social Survey Division

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455296

Categories: Travel and Transport, People and Places, People, International Tourism, Tourism

Frequency of release: Quarterly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Region

Survey name(s): International Passenger Survey (IPS)


Correction Notice

14 August 2015, 09:30am

A minor error has been identified due to a change in the grouping of purpose codes used in the creation of regional statistics for Overseas Travel and Tourism, Provisional Results, Quarters 1, 2, 3 and 4, 2014. This slightly affects the distribution of visits to and spending in UK regions only (Reference Tables 13 and 14). The revised data can be found in Travel Trends, 2014. ONS apologises for any inconvenience.

20 May 2015, 11:00am

Overseas Travel and Tourism quarterly estimates are revised during the processing of the annual dataset. The most up-to-date and accurate estimates for all published quarters can be found in Travel Trends 2014.

Please note that during the annual data processing, the 2014 data have been revised to include updated factors for imbalance and rail expenditure imputation, resulting in larger changes than usually observed between quarterly statistical bulletins and the annual Travel Trends publication. We identified that, for consistency, these updated factors should be applied to the 2013 Q3 and Q4 data. Also, an error in the treatment of the unsampled traffic data for the Quarter 1 data was corrected during the annual data processing. The data tables in section 6 of Travel Trends, 2014 include corrected Quarter 1 data.

The Overseas Travel and Tourism expenditure estimates were re-instated as National Statistics following a formal review by the UK Statistics Authority for their compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

10 December 2014, 9.45am

This is a republication of the Report published on 10 July 2014, and contains corrections to the expenditure estimates

On 18 November 2014 ONS announced errors had been identified in the expenditure estimates for UK residents visits abroad and overseas residents' visits to the UK within the Overseas Travel and Tourism release. The errors in the expenditure estimates affected data between January 2014 and September 2014 and because the data feeds into the imports and exports of service also affected the UK Trade releases over the same period. The ONS statement regarding this error can be found here:

These errors have been corrected in the republished September 2014 monthly bulletin, and consistent with the Authority's letter of 14 November 2014, Overseas Travel and Tourism expenditure estimates are in the process of being re-assessed for National Statistics status, following an internal review.

Presents quarterly results from the International Passenger Survey. Contains data on visits to and from the UK by overseas residents and visits abroad by UK residents.


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