Domestic travel spending in Great Britain 2010-2020

In Great Britain, domestic tourism expenditure increased in 2019 to almost 25 billion British pounds. Although a positive develpment, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is expected to have a negative impact on the industry in 2020. Early forecasts, based on the lockdown ending at the start of June and social distancing measures continuing throughtout the summer, suggested a decline in spend by 32 percent, down to 16.7 billion British pounds.

Annual domestic travel spending in Great Britain from 2010 to 2020*

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Sources

Release date

May 2020

Region

United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

2010 to 2020

Number of respondents

100,000 respondents

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* All spending figures are in historic prices, and have been rounded. Figures from 2010 to 2013 taken from earlier publications.
** A new data processing approach was implemented from 2016 onward, with earlier data using the old approach. Caution should therefore be taken when comparing data from 2011 to 2015, with data from 2016 onwards.

Interviews are carried out every week of the year with a weekly sample size of around 2,000. Around 100,000 respondents are contacted annually in total and any who have returned from an overnight trip in the past four weeks are asked to describe details of that trip. Further information on the GBTS methodology can be found here.

** The 2020 data is a forecast as of April 23rd by Visit Britain, based on the GBTS data and a central scenario. They add the following information regarding the methodology:
"For this analysis, we assume a ten-week lockdown that ends at the start of June. We then assume a period in June-August when the tourism sector starts to open although social distancing remains in place and tourism spend remains well below baseline (pre-COVID) levels. Finally, we assume a bounceback period in the last four months of the year when many categories of leisure tourism benefit from pent-up demand. Each of these phases will affect different components of domestic tourism and categories of tourism spending differently.

As with our inbound forecast, this is a short-term forecast that describes one possible outturn and involves many assumptions and simplifications due to the fast-moving and uncertain situation; it is therefore subject to revision. The longer-term impact depends on wider demand and supply factors."

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