Recent statistics reveal that while overseas visitor numbers into the UK are showing signs of growth visits abroad by UK residents are down.
According to data by the office for National Statistics (ONS), there has been an increase in arrival numbers over both the short term and longer term.
Figures obtained by the International Passenger Survey conducted by ONS show that that number of visits to the UK in the three months to May 2012 increased by eight percent when compared to the previous three months.
In the first five months of 2012 the number of visits to the UK was five percent higher than the same period last year.
The data also revealed that during the first five months of 2012, overseas residents spent a total of Ł 6.2 billion on visits to the UK compared with Ł 5.9 billion in the first five months of 2011.
However, visits overseas by UK residents are down one percent this year, despite business travel and VFR both showing growth, leisure travel has fallen by four percent, from 12.1 million in the first five months of 2011 to 11.6 million.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P