Visits to the UK on the rise

Overseas residents’ visits to the UK increased in number by three percent to 7.5 million and overseas earnings increased by 10 per cent to GBP3,690 million.

That’s according to results from the International Passenger Survey for the three months to December 2005, compared with the previous three months, and seasonally adjusted.

UK residents’ visits abroad remained broadly the same at 16.5 million.

UK residents’ expenditure abroad increased by 1 per cent to GBP8,030 million

The difference between earnings and expenditure resulted in a deficit to the UK of GBP4,330 million, GBP250 million smaller than in the previous three months

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The estimated number of overseas residents’ visits to the UK, seasonally adjusted, in the three months to December 2005 increased by 3 per cent to 7.5 million compared with the previous three months and increased by 2 per cent compared with the three months to December 2004.

The total number of overseas residents’ visits to the UK, not seasonally adjusted, increased by 8 per cent during the 12 months ending in December 2005 compared with a year earlier (from 27.8 million to 30.0 million).

This was as a result of the number of visits from Western Europe increasing by 8 per cent (to 19.3 million), visits from North America decreasing by 3 per cent (to 4.2 million) and visits from other parts of the world increasing by 18 per cent (to 6.4 million). (Tables 1 and 2)

UK residents’ visits abroad

The estimated number of UK residents’ visits abroad, seasonally adjusted, in the three months to December 2005 remained broadly the same at 16.5 million compared with the previous three months and decreased by 1 per cent compared with the three months to December 2004.
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