VisitEngland has released the latest findings from the Great Britain Tourism Survey which measures the volume and value of overnight tourism within Great Britain.
The data relates to domestic trips that were completed during the month of October and when looking solely at trips within England reveals that:
- Across all trip purposes combined the number of overnight visits declined by 4.7%, meaning that the year-to-date picture is now one of a 1.1% decline
- The overall number of nights spent on domestic trips dropped by 2.7% in October and is 1.4% down across the first nine months of the year
- The amount spent on overnight domestic trips increased by 1.3% in nominal terms, and while still in positive territory, the year-to-date picture is now one of an increase of just 2.1%
- Looking just at Holiday trips there was a year-on-year drop of 8.8% during October, a fall of 8.7% in bednights and an 14.3% decline in expenditure
- This means that between January and October the volume of overnight domestic Holiday trips was 3.2% down on the year before, bednights were 4.7% lower while expenditure was up just 0.4% in nominal terms
- So far in 2018 the average duration of overnight domestic Holiday trips in England stands at 3.39 nights, down from 3.44 nights for the equivalent period of 2017
- The amount spent per night on overnight domestic Holiday trips in England has risen from £68 to £72 while expenditure per trip has risen from £235 to £244
The following chart shows trends in the volume of trips by journey purpose on a rolling twelve-month basis.