General Article Travel trends: 2018

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Annual estimates of travel and tourism visits to the UK (of less than 12 months’ duration) and associated earnings and expenditure between the UK and the rest of the world.

  • There were fewer overseas residents’ visits to the UK in 2018 than in 2017 and also a fall in the number of visits abroad by UK residents.
  • A total of 37.9 million visits were made by overseas residents to the UK in 2018, which was 3% fewer than in 2017.
  • There were 71.7 million visits overseas by UK residents in 2018, a decrease of 1% when compared with 2017.
  • UK residents spent £45.4 billion on visits overseas in 2018, which was 1% more than in 2017.
  • Overseas residents spent £22.9 billion on visits to the UK in 2018, a decrease of 7% compared with 2017.
  • The most frequent reason for visits was for holidays, both for UK residents visiting abroad and overseas residents visiting the UK.

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