Annual results from the International Passenger Survey (IPS), which collects information from passengers as they enter or leave the UK by the principal air, sea and tunnel routes.


  • Travel trends: 2016

    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.


The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are well explained and readily accessible
  • are produced according to sound methods
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

Pre-release access list for Travel trends 2016

The phrase 'Pre-release Access' refers to the practice whereby official statistics in their final form, and any accompanying written commentary, are made available to an eligible person in advance of their publication. The rules and principles which govern pre-release access are featured within the Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Order 2008.

Besides ONS staff, the following persons are given pre-release access by the period indicated before release.

Access Granted ToOrganisationPeriod
Head ‐ Research & ForecastingVisit Britain21 hrs
Market Intelligence SpecialistVisit Britain21 hrs
Strategy and Communications DirectorVisit Britain21 hrs
Head of MediaVisit Britain21 hrs
First MinisterScottish21 hrs
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External AffairsScottish21 hrs
Principal Private Secretary to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External AffairsScottish21 hrs
Principal Private Secretary to the First MinisterScottish21 hrs
Special AdviserScottish21 hrs
Press OfficerScottish21 hrs
Policy OfficerScottish21 hrs
StatisticianScottish21 hrs
Assistant StatisticianScottish21 hrs
Head Of Corporate CommunicationsVisit Scotland21 hrs
Senior Tourism Insight ManagerVisit Scotland21 hrs
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and SportDCMS21 hrs
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and HeritageDCMS21 hrs
Private Secretary to the Secretary of StateDCMS21 hrs
Policy AdvisorDCMS21 hrs
Senior Communications OfficerDCMS21 hrs
Economist/StatisticianDCMS21 hrs
Senior Communications OfficerDCMS21 hrs
Head of ResearchWelsh Government21 hrs