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Tourism: Income

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total value of the tourism industry was to the UK economy in each year since 1997. (148538)

Estimates of the value of the tourism industry to the UK economy are shown in the table. 2005 is the latest year for which estimates have been made. Due to data quality issues relating to overnight domestic tourism, no figures are available for 2004.

These figures cover spending by domestic residents on tourism day visits and on overnight trips, spending by inbound visitors to the UK, fares paid to UK carriers by overseas residents and imputed rent from UK residents’ ownership of second homes.

From 1997 to 1999 the figures measuring the contribution to the economy are expressed as a percentage of gross domestic product. From 2000, estimates are measured in terms of gross value added and are based on the results of the ‘UK Tourism Satellite Account—First Steps Project’, which gives a more accurate statement.

Tourism expenditure

£ billion

UK tourism expenditure (at current prices)

UK tourism expenditure (2005 prices)

Contribution to the economy

19971

65.7

80.1

24.9

19981

70.0

82.5

24.9

19991

73.3

85.1

24.9

2000

74.9

84.4

33.8

2001

72.9

80.8

33.6

2002

73.7

80.4

33.5

2003

74.2

78.6

3, 43.3

2005

85.0

85.0

3, 5n/a

1 Figures from 1997 to 1999 do not include imputed rent from second home ownership.

2 Percentage of GDP.

3 Percentage of GVA.

4 Revised from previously published figure of 3.4 per cent. due to ONS revision of total UK GVA figure.

5 An estimate for the percentage of GVA for 2005 is not yet available.