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International Passenger Survey (IPS)

Gatwick airport interview
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.

The survey results are used by various government departments, including the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Department for Transport, the Home Office, HM Revenue and Customs, VisitBritain and the national and regional Tourist Boards.

The results are primarily used to:

  • measure the impact of travel expenditure on the UK economy

  • estimate the numbers and characteristics of migrants into and out of the UK

  • provide information about international tourism and how it has changed over time

Examples of the statistics produced from the International Passenger Survey are available on the Travel and Transport theme pages.


Content from the Office for National Statistics.
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