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Release: Visits to the UK Increased in 2011 - Overseas Travel and Tourism, December 2011

Released: 09 February 2012


Richard Miles

Media Relations Office

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Categories: People and Places, People, Tourism

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Other

  • Overseas visits to the UK increased by 3 per cent in 2011 compared with 2010, according to provisional figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

  • The data, from the International Passenger Survey, shows the total number of visits during 2011 reached over 30 million, with a record number of holiday visits. Business travel also grew, for the second year running.

  • The rise in visits brought an estimated 5 per cent increase in earnings associated with travel and tourism, which reached a record £17.8 billion.

  • Visits from North America were up 5 per cent while those from Europe were up 1 per cent. Visits from other countries were up 9 per cent.

  • The figures suggest that visits by UK residents abroad have stabilised, following falls in 2009 and 2010.

  • Total visits grew by 1 per cent, with those to Europe increasing by 3 per cent. However, visits to North America and other countries declined.

  • The largest increase was seen in visits to friends or relatives abroad, which rose by 5 per cent, while numbers of holidays remained stable. However, overall spending by UK residents on trips abroad decreased by 2 per cent.

  • These provisional figures are subject to revisions and more detailed analysis before final data are published in July.

    For more details, see the Overseas Travel and Tourism statistical bulletin.

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