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Tourism

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

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; (94038)

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

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, 2001-051

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