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Provisional Inbound Statistics for 2017

IPS provisional figures for 2017 released show overall increase in volume and value compared to 2016 https://goo.gl/w2XN6p

The Office for National Statistics have recently released the inbound volume and value statistics for the final quarter of 2017, together with provisional figures for the year. The latter show an increase in both volume (3%) and value (8%) compared to Jan-Dec 2016. Both visits and spend fell in the latter part of the year, particularly in December, but thanks to record numbers in the first nine months, the overall result has been an increase. Neither visits nor spend have quite recovered to the record rolling twelve month periods of Sep 16-Aug17 and Dec 16 to Nov 17 respectively, however. It is also clear that the hardest hit sector over the year as a whole is business tourism which has dipped by 8750 visits, or 5%, compared with Jan-Dec 2016.

Over the year as a whole, visits from all EU markets are on par with 2016, but this again is largely due to record numbers in the early part of the year, as there have been significant decreases in the last three months.  Visits from the Rest of Europe reached a new record of almost 2.6 million, up 11% on 2016. Visits from North America are up 8% on 2016, although still short of the record year of 2000. Visits from the Rest of the World markets were up 13% compared to 2016, a new record. Read the full report here

Provisional Inbound Statistics for 2017