Overseas Travel and Tourism: December 2022 – Provisional Results

In December 2022, visits to the UK by overseas residents declined to 3.0 million, marking a 14% drop compared to December 2019. However, spending by these visitors rose from £2.1 billion to £2.4 billion. Similarly, UK residents’ visits abroad fell to 4.0 million, 21% lower than December 2019, while spending overseas remained steady at £3.4 billion. For the first time since April 2022, more visits were made to the UK to see friends and family (41%) than for holidays (36%). Despite monthly fluctuations, both visits and spending remained below pre-pandemic levels. Caution is advised in interpreting 2021 and early 2022 data due to limitations during the pandemic.