The travel & tourism industry plays a key role in the UK’s economy. According to GlobalData, driving increased visitor numbers and income from touristic activities are key areas of focus for the country’s government. GlobalData provides a complete picture of travel to the UK in its United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland Destination Tourism report. Buy the report here.

In 2023, international arrivals in the UK grew by 20%.

The UK does not exhibit an overreliance on any single source market, but intraregional travel is a noticeable trend. In the case of the UK, seven of the top ten source markets are located in Europe.

However, even when focusing only on the top ten, not all source markets are equal in size. Understanding the relative size of these and identifying high-potential markets outside of this list is key to identifying promising growth markets for the UK as a destination.

According to GlobalData’s report, United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland Destination Tourism, the country’s leading source markets include the US, Germany, France, Ireland and Spain among others.

For more detailed analysis of the source markets for the UK, buy GlobalData’s United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland Destination Tourism report.

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GlobalData’s Travel & Tourism Intelligence Center provides tracks tourism demands and flows, expenditure, and competitor KPIs across 180 countries. It also segments over $26 trillion in expenditure by accommodation, foodservice, retail, transport, and entertainment. GlobalData’s analysis reports provide detailed insight into key source and destination markets with real world examples of success to support recommendations.