Tourism: statistics and policy - Commons Library Standard Note

Published 06 January 2015 | Standard notes SN06022

Authors: Chris Rhodes

Topic: Industry, Tourism

This note includes statistics on inbound and outbound visitors to and from the UK, domestic tourism in the UK, the impact of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on tourism, the contribution of tourism to the UK economy and the Government’s tourism policy.

Visitor numbers in 2013:

• There were 32.8 million inbound visits to the UK. London was the most popular destination in the UK, attracting 51% of all visits.

• There were 58.5 million outbound visits from the UK. Spain was the most popular destination for UK tourists, attracting 20% of all visits.

In 2012 471,000 people came to the UK for an Olympic and Paralympic related reason.

There were 122.9 million domestic overnight trips made in Great Britain in 2013, 83% of which were in England.

Economic impact in 2013:

• The tourism industry contributed £56 billion in economic output

• Tourism related industries employed 2.8 million people, 9% of all employment

The Government published its tourism strategy in March 2011 which announced three aims:

• To co-fund (with the private sector) a £100m marketing campaign to encourage foreign visitors to the UK, building on publicity from international events such as the Royal Wedding and the Olympic Games.

• To increase the proportion of UK residents who holiday in the UK; and

• To increase the sector’s productivity.

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