398k people visited UK during lockdown 1

A little shocking to read these figures from the Office for National Statistics, given we were on full lockdown during April-June.

  • Overseas residents made 398,000 visits to the UK in Quarter 2 (Apr to June) 2020; this was 96% fewer than Quarter 2 2019 as travel reduced because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But, it’s still a lot, especially when we had no real testing or track and trace in place.
  • Overseas residents spent £218 million on their visits to the UK in Quarter 2 2020; this was 97% less than in Quarter 2 2019.
  • UK residents made 939,000 visits abroad in Quarter 2 2020, which was 96% fewer than the corresponding period the previous year and was because of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • UK residents spent £402 million on visits abroad in Quarter 2 2020; this was 98% less than in Quarter 2 2019.
  • Data collection by the International Passenger Survey (IPS) was suspended for the period covered, so the figures in this release are based on administrative sources and modelling.

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