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Release: Overseas Travel and Tourism - Monthly Release, March 2014

Released: 15 May 2014 Next edition: 12 June 2014


Fiona Dawe

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Categories: Travel and Transport, People and Places, International Tourism, People, Tourism, Other Modes of Transport, Aviation, Maritime, Rail

Frequency of release: Monthly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Region

Survey name(s): International Passenger Survey (IPS)


ONS has suspended the publication of expenditure estimates for UK residents’ visits abroad and overseas residents’ visits to the UK within the September 2014 Overseas Travel and Tourism release, published on 13 November 2014, due to an error identified within the series. This error affects expenditure estimates for January to September 2014 and has resulted in the UK Statistics Authority suspending the National Statistics designation of the expenditure series within the Overseas Travel and Tourism releases until the figures have been corrected.

Corrected expenditure estimates for UK residents’ visits abroad and overseas residents’ visits to the UK will be published for all months, January to September 2014, and Quarter 1 and 2, as soon as possible. Please note that the UK Trade time series data are also affected by this error and will be updated with the corrected data when it becomes available. ONS will announce the timetable for the publishing of corrected figures prior to their release. The ONS statement regarding this error can be found here:

Key points

The key points from this release are:
  • Statistical benchmarking was inadvertently applied to the January estimates during the processing of the March reference tables, for this release. This error in processing inflated the January estimates and the latest three months, year to date, and latest 12 months estimates shown at the bottom of each reference table. All tables have now been corrected and the statistical benchmarking removed from the January estimate. The statistical bulletins released for January and February were unaffected, this error affects the March release only.

    ONS apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Presents monthly results on the number of overseas visitors to the UK, UK residents visits abroad, earnings from overseas visits, expenditure of UK residents going abroad.
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