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Tourism

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) overseas and (b) domestic tourists visited England in each year since 1997. (148829)

The following tables show the number of visits to England by (a) overseas residents and (b) UK residents where this included an overnight stay.

Inbound visits to England

Visits (million)

1997

19.6

1998

19.9

1999

21.5

2000

21.5

2001

19.3

2002

20.5

2003

21.1

2004

23.6

2005

25.3

2006 (provisional)

27.0

Source:

International Passenger Survey (ONS)

Domestic overnight trips in England

Visits (million)

1997

125.6

1998

115.4

1999

137.7

2000

140.4

2001

131.9

2002

134.9

2003

121.3

2004

101.4

2005

111.2

2006

101.8

Source:

UK Tourism Survey (National Tourist Boards)1

In addition, a substantial number of day visits are made to, or within, England. The last Leisure Visits Survey in 2005 recorded a total of 870 million tourism day visits to destinations in England by English residents. It is not possible to provide a time series for this information as the surveys are run intermittently.

1 The methodology for the UKTS changed in 2005 meaning that comparisons with previous years should be treated with caution. This change occurred due to concerns with the quality of 2004 data, which are thought to be an under-representation of the true position. There was also a change in survey methodology in 2000, though figures for 1997-99 have been reworked to allow comparisons with the later data.