UK Statistics

The Office for National Statistics has released provisional figures for the volume and value of inbound and outbound tourism to / from the UK during 2018. These figures are subject to revision later in the year.

The UK welcomed 37.8 million visits from overseas, a decline of 4% - this is the first drop since 2009 and 2010 when figures were hit by the global financial crisis.

UK Statistics

Inbound Headlines

  • The UK welcomed 37.8 million visits from overseas, a decline of 4% - this is the first drop since 2009 and 2010 when figures were hit by the global financial crisis
  • The amount spent by visitors to the UK stood at £22.72bn, a fall of 7% in nominal terms and the first decline since 2007
  • The most common trip purpose was for a Holiday, accounting for 15 million visits, with this being a 2% annual drop on the year before
  • The only world region not to see a decline in travel to the UK was North America, which was on a par with 2017

Outbound Headlines

  • There were 71.9 million outbound visits made by UK residents during 2018, with this being a 1% decline compared to the year before and the first fall since 2012
  • The amount spent on these trips stood at £45.82bn, a 2% nominal increase on the year before
  • The most common reason for a UK resident to make an overseas visit was for a Holiday, accounting for 47.2 million visits in 2018, this being a 1% increase on the year before

Explore the latest quarterly data for the UK overall and by area as well as trends on VisitBritain's research and insights webpage here.