The IPS conducts between 700,000 and 800,000 interviews a year of which over 250,000 are used to produce estimates of Overseas Travel and Tourism.
Interviews are carried out at all major airports and sea routes, at Eurostar terminals and on Eurotunnel shuttle trains.
The survey results are used by various government departments, including the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Department for Transport, the Home Office, HM Revenue and Customs, VisitBritain and the national and regional Tourist Boards.
The results are primarily used to:
measure the impact of travel expenditure on the UK economy
estimate the numbers and characteristics of migrants into and out of the UK
provide information about international tourism and how it has changed over time
Examples of the statistics produced from the International Passenger Survey are available on the Travel and Transport theme pages.