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UK Tourism Statistics

Tourism not only provides fun and entertainment for visitors but is vital to the UK economy.

The tourism sector is predicted to grow at 3.8% until 2014, faster than the UK’s overall predicted annual growth.

BALPPA speaks for over 300 visitor attractions – including iconic attractions such as the London Eye, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Madame Tussauds, Alton Towers and Thorpe Park – and ultimately for many millions of customers every year.

Key UK Tourism Statistics

  • The tourism industry is responsible for over 3 million jobs, making up 9.6% of all UK jobs.
  • Supporting local economies all across the UK, tourism is currently worth £126 billion, equivalent to 9% of UK GDP.
  • UK residents taking day trips is worth £57 billion in 2013 (equating to 1.4 billion day trips)
  • An additional £24 billion is from UK residents staying on a UK bound tourism trip overnight (totalling 101.8 million overnight trips).
  • This compares to 18.5 billion trips from all international tourists, both from the EU and from further afield.

Additional Sources

www.visitbritain.org – A great resource for domestic UK tourism statistics, providing information on day visits, as well as overnight tourism in Great Britain.

Please click the link below to view the new VisitEngland research:

VisitEngland Research on Business Confidence in the Tourism Industry and the Impact of the Referendum

Please click the link below to view the figures on inbound tourism to UK for July to September 2015:

Latest figures on inbound tourism to UK

www.tourismalliance.com – The Tourism Alliance seeks to establish and maintain a favourable operating environment for all businesses involved in the delivery of tourism.

Please click the link below to view a report from the Office of National Statistics on Overseas Travel and Tourism:

Overseas Travel and Tourism – Dec 2016

Please click the link below to view the results of the Tourism Alliance’s Brexit survey:

Tourism Alliance Referendum Survey

Please click the link below to view the latest Tourism Alliance Statistics 2016:

Tourism Alliance Tourism Statistics 2016

www.alva.org.uk/ – The Association for Leading Visitor Attractions publish their members visitor numbers on their website. ALVA represent the larger visitor attractions in the UK.

www.visitengland.org – Visit England provide an overview of the English Tourism Industry, including both domestic and oversees visitors. You can download an extremely useful infographic from their home page.

www.visitscotland.org/research_and_statistics.aspx – Similar to Visit England, Visit Scotland provide an overview of the Scottish domestic and inbound tourism industry.


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