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United Kingdom tourism statistics 2012

Submitted by Serg A Nik on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 13:57

Tourism is one of the most important sectors of the economy of many countries. Most countries are trying to attract more tourists. For what purpose they do it? The main purpose of any country is to get as much money from visiting the country tourists, to provide jobs and sources of income for its citizens and to supplement the budget. Britain is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the world. On this page are statistics 2012 (the number of tourists, the number of nights spent in the UK and the amount of money spent by tourists).

2012 was a special one for the UK. United Kingdom held the Olympic Games and Paralympics Games, as well as the anniversary of the Queen in that year. These events attracted to the UK additional number of tourists.

  • The number of foreign tourists visiting UK in 2012 increased by 0.9% (compared with 2011).
  • Revenue from tourists coming to the UK amounted to approximately 18.6 billion pounds (+ 0.6 billion, 3.6%).
  • Approximately 471 thousand foreign tourists came to the UK to attend the Olympic Games / Paralympic Games in 2012.
  • Number of tourists from China (including Taiwan) increased by 34,000 persons.
  • 90% of travelers organizing their trip themselves (buying tickets, hotel reservations, travel planning).

In 2012, the UK was visited 31,084 million foreign tourists, who spent in the UK 230.2 million nights and spent in the UK 18,640 million pounds sterling. The number of tourists (thousands) by region: North America - 3544, Europe - 22796, other countries - 4744.

Foreign tourists in the UK by purposes of the visit (the amount of money spent in the UK)

  • Holiday travel 11,961 thousand (7,544 million pounds sterling).
  • Business trip - 7,422 thousand trips (4,501 million pounds sterling).
  • Visiting friends and relatives - 8 948 000 visits (3,946 million pounds sterling).
  • Other (mixed) - 2,752 thousand trips (2,608 million pounds sterling).

To travel to the UK foreign tourists used the following types of transport: air transport - 22,670 thousand tourists (73%), railway (via the channel under the Channel Strait, Eurotunnel) - 4 157 thousand (14%), sea transport - 4,257 thousand people. Most tourists come to the UK in the period from June to September.

The most visited by foreign tourists regions of the UK:

  • London - 15461 thousand people.
  • England (excluding London) - 12,846,000 people.
  • Scotland - 2,225,000 people.
  • Wales - 854 thousand people.

Tourists from what countries most often come to the UK?

According to statistics, in 2012 the first three places are occupied by France (3,787,000 persons, 12.2%), Germany (2.967 million people, 9.5%) and the USA (2.84 million people, 9.1%). At the same time tourists from the United States spends in the UK the most money. They bring the UK about the same money as tourists from France and Germany together.

The number of foreign tourists by the country, the number of nights spent in hotels, the amount of spent money.

  • France - 3,787,000 people, 1513000000 £, 18877 nights.
  • Germany 2,967,000 people, 1,223 million £, 16306 nights.
  • USA - 2,840,000 people, 2436000000 £, 23568 nights.
  • Irish Republic - 2453 thousand people, 797 million £, 9030 nights.
  • Netherlands - 1,735,000 people, 627 million £, 7594 nights.
  • Spain - 1,716,000 people, 776 million £, 13681 nights.
  • Italy - 1521 thousand people, 760 million £, 10021 nights.
  • Poland - 1222 thousand people, 337 million £, 11751 nights.
  • Belgium - 1,113,000 people, 311 million £, 3551 nights.
  • Australia - 993 thousand, 1018000000 £, 13366 nights.
  • Switzerland - 832 million people, 547 million £, 4094 nights.
  • Sweden - 777,000 people, 383 million £, 3652 nights.
  • Norway - 771 million people, 445 million £, 3393 nights.
  • Canada - 704 million people, 559 million £, 7036 nights.
  • Denmark - 636 thousand people, 303 million £, 2,830 nights.
  • India - 339 million people, 333 million £, 7381 nights.
  • Czech Republic - 325 million people, 104 million £, 2,297 nights.
  • Portugal - 292 million people, 140 million £, 2,567 nights.
  • Austria - 268 million people, 128 million £, 1,659 nights.
  • Romania - 267 million people, 107 million £, 2,481 nights.
  • Hungary - 262 million people, 69 million £, 1,493 nights.
  • Brazil - 260 million people, 227 million £, 2,401 nights.
  • United Arab Emirates - 256 million people, 467 million £, 2,897 nights.
  • Japan - 243 million people, 306 million £, 2,806 nights.
  • Russia - 227 million people, 240 million £, 2,056 nights.

UK residents made in 2012 about 56 538 000 trips abroad, in foreign hotels spent 584.2 million nights spent during trips abroad 32 450 million pounds sterling.

Number of trips UK citizens (the amount of money spent) by purpose:

  • Holiday travel 36 173 thousand (21,804 million pounds).
  • Business travel - 6 956 000 visits (4841 million pounds).
  • Visiting friends and relatives - 11 797 000 visits (4685 million pounds).
  • Various purposes (mixed) - 1 612 000 visits (1121 million pounds).

The most visited cities in United Kingdom (2012, thousands of people).

  • London - 15461
  • Edinburgh - 1256
  • Manchester - 932
  • Birmingham - 713
  • Liverpool - 550

From what countries tourists spend the most money on average per trip in the UK (£, £, 2012)?

  • United Arab Emirates 2486
  • Nigeria - 1579
  • Egypt - 1562
  • Morocco - 1438
  • South Africa - 1283
  • China - 1268
  • Barbados - 1209
  • Hong Kong (China) - 1140
  • Pakistan - 1139
  • Japan - 1135
  • Russia - 1101
  • Australia - 1032
  • New Zealand - 986

Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.1.0.

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