Regional highlights from Q3 2019 IPS
To follow on from the UK and market level figures, please find see the below highlights of the regional figures from Q3 2019 (July – September).
- At 5.7 million, inbound visits reached a new record in Q3 2019, up 10% on Q3 2018.
- Those visitors spent £4.0 billion in London during that time, up 14% on July – September 2018.
Rest of England
- Visits were up 10% to 5.1 million, setting a new record for inbound visits in those months, and only the second time ever that there were over 5 million such visits in the summer months. Those visitors spent about £3.0 billion, 21% more in Q3 2019 than in Q3 2018, the second best spending in July – September for any years.
- Within this:
- North East: visits up 8% but spend down 17% on a relatively strong Q3 2018.
- North West: both visits and spend fell in Q3 2019, -5% and -6% respectively.
- Yorkshire: visits fell 2% but spend up 7%.
- West Midlands: visits up 17% to a record whilst spend reached a new record too at £415 million.
- East Midlands: visits fell 14% on the Q3 2018 record, and spend decreased 22% on Q3 2018.
- East of England: visits up 6% on Q3 2018 whilst spend rose to £317 million, up on a weak Q3 2018.
- South West: visits up 14% to a record with 998,000 visits, whilst spend rose 28%.
- South East: visits up 21% and spend up 27% on Q3 2018.
- Inbound visits grew 1% in Q3 2019 compared to the record Q2 2018, but still the second highest Q3 with 1.2 million visits.
- However, inbound visitor spending rose 21% on Q3 2018 to a record £1.1 billion spent in those months, the first time that spending in July – September passed the £1-billion mark.
- In Q3 2019, overseas visits increased 6% on Q2 2018, up to 374,000 visits.
- Spending was up 21% on Q3 2018 to a record £184 million.
Please find more detail on the ‘Latest quarterly data by area’ page on the VisitBritain website about the year to date figures for the regions.