Overseas travel and tourism: April and May 2019 provisional results
3rd September 2019
Visits to the UK by overseas residents, visits abroad by UK residents and spending by travellers, using provisional passenger traffic data.
The recently published provisional International Passenger Survey (IPS) figures for April and May show a decline of 8% and 6% by volume and 14% and 1% by value respectively on the same periods in 2018.
The 2018 figures where themselves down on the equivalent period in 2017, a record year. The nature of the survey and the range of influences on international tourism make it unwise to draw any firm conclusions from results for any single month.
Outbound UK resident volume was down 4% in April and static for May but spend was up 11% and then down 3%.
The ONS release includes multiple caveats relating to all of what are, provisional figures.
There were 3.1 million visits to the UK by overseas residents in April 2019 (8% fewer than in April 2018) and 3.3 million visits in May 2019 (6% fewer than in May 2018).
Overseas residents spent £1.6 billion on visits to the UK in April 2019 (14% less than in April 2018) and £2.1 billion on visits in May 2019 (1% less than in May 2018).
UK residents made 6.1 million visits overseas in April 2019 (4% fewer than in April 2018) and 6.2 million visits in May 2019 (the same as in May 2018).
UK residents spent £3.7 billion on visits overseas in April 2019 (11% more than in April 2018) and £3.7 billion on visits overseas in May 2019 (3% less than May 2018).