Tourism

Treasury written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) how many tourists came to the UK from (a) the USA, (b) Canada, (c) India, (d) Pakistan, (e) China and (f) the United Arab Emirates in each of the last five years;

(2) how many tourists came to the UK from each European country in each of the last five years.

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 16 October 2006:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions concerning the numbers of tourists visiting the United Kingdom from various countries around the world in the last five years (94038, 94039).

Visits made abroad by UK residents are estimated from data collected on the International Passenger Survey (IPS). The survey is conducted at all major airports, and on major sea and tunnel routes. The data collected are weighted up to national estimates provided by the CAA, the Department for Transport, Eurotunnel and Eurostar. Note that the numbers refer to the number of visits by residents of the countries in question and not to the number of visitors from these countries which is information that is not available.

Number of visits by residents of (a) USA, (b) Canada, (c) India, (d) Pakistan, (d) China, (e) United Arab Emirates, 2001-05( 1)
Number of visits to the UK (Thousand)
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Canada 647 660 652 740 796
USA 3,580 3,611 3,346 3,616 3,438
India 189 205 199 255 272
Pakistan 96 62 57 76 91
Hong Kong (China) 146 158 131 145 146
Other China 95 103 106 139 131
United Arab Emirates 111 109 113 147 133
(1) The figures for China are separated into Hong Kong and Other China
Number of visits by residents of each of the European countries, 2001-05
Number of visits to the UK (Thousand)
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Albania 2 2 1 4 7
Armenia 2 2 1 0 2
Austria 191 219 263 295 287
Azerbaijan 7 8 6 12 14
Belgium 916 966 936 1,104 1,112
Bosnia Herzegovina 7 7 1 10 11
Bulgaria 35 33 42 22 39
Byelorussia 6 4 3 4 2
Croatia 21 19 20 16 29
Cyprus 75 80 104 105 108
Czechoslovakia 117 124 207 274 292
Denmark 394 429 419 476 538
Estonia 8 19 13 21 36
Finland 100 121 122 156 174
France 2,852 3,077 3,073 3,254 3,324
Georgia 2 3 1 3 4
Germany 2,309 2,556 2,611 2,968 3,294
Gibraltar 24 32 22 42 32
Greece 185 169 185 203 199
Hungary 104 132 111 188 274
Iceland 41 40 68 83 77
Irish Republic 2,039 2,439 2,488 2,578 2,806
Italy 857 977 1,168 1,348 1,186
Kazakhstan 6 12 10 14 8
Kirghizia 0 1 3 2 1
Latvia 12 16 13 30 68
Lithuania 32 28 23 83 134
Luxembourg 55 44 42 63 49
Macedonia 4 3 2 7 2
Malta 46 36 50 58 53
Moldavia 0 1 1
Montenegro 1 1 1 1
Netherlands 1,411 1,419 1,549 1,620 1,720
Norway 403 397 433 510 627
Poland 225 188 325 528 1,041
Portugal 172 170 193 213 222
Rumania 31 34 42 59 49
Russia 108 117 138 148 177
Serbia 4 5 13 16 15
Slovakia 24 26 36 63 148
Slovenia 28 24 29 66 55
Spain 856 1,010 1,206 1,465 1,786
Sweden 527 530 533 585 728
Switzerland 514 593 564 597 699
Tadzhikstan 1 1 1
Turkey 69 65 92 95 99
Turkmenistan 0 1 1 6 2
Ukraine 15 23 35 13 32
Uzbekistan 4 1 4 5 2
Yugoslavia 13 13 4 8

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