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Tourism: Irish

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many tourists from the Irish Republic visited the UK in each of the last 10 years. (140141)

The number of visits to the UK from the Irish Republic since 1995 is shown in the table. This information is taken from the International Passenger Survey and primarily gives an annual estimate of the number of visits to the UK via air and sea routes. However, an estimate of visitor flows across the land border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland has also been included in the figures.

Visits to the UK from the Irish Republic 1 1995-2005

Visits (000)

1995

2,809

1996

3,169

1997

3,613

1998

3,937

1999

4,233

2000

3,961

2001

3,930

2002

3,965

2003

3,913

2004

4,125

2005

4,221

1 Changes were made to the IPS methodology in 1999 to improve the quality and detail of estimates of travellers to and from the Irish Republic. Care should be taken when comparing results for 1999 and 2000 with earlier years.

Source:

International Passenger Survey (ONS).