Proposed future approach to measure travel and tourism statistics

Closes 21 Dec 2021

Opened 5 Oct 2021


The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is looking for feedback to inform a review of our travel and tourism statistics.

Travel and tourism statistics are used by businesses, policy-makers, tourism boards and many others to understand patterns and behaviours of people who travel both internationally and domestically. However, we now need to review how well these statistics are meeting the needs of the people and organisations using them. Similarly, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has highlighted some weaknesses in the current approach to data collection.

Our review, of which this consultation is a part, provides the opportunity to gather a comprehensive understanding of user needs, and to explore how best they can be met in a changing environment.

Why your views matter

As part of our review, we have worked with our stakeholders to develop a proposed approach for how we will measure travel and tourism statistics in future. The proposed approach represents a move away from how we formerly collected data (relying heavily on the International Passenger Survey) and towards a system that maximises the use of alternative data sources alongside survey data.

We are asking organisations and people who use travel and tourism statistics to provide feedback on this proposed approach, which aims to:

  • deliver statistical outputs that better meet the needs of users
  • maximise the use of alternative data sources
  • use surveys where necessary
  • deliver improved coherence across all travel and tourism statistics

Please refer the consultation document at the bottom of this page, as well as this accompanying article and methods paper for full details of what we are proposing.

Your feedback will be used to guide future development of this work and inform the final recommendations of the review, which will be published in Spring 2022.

How to respond

We encourage you to respond online wherever possible. However, responses in writing or by email will also be accepted via:

or: ONS Consultations Team, Post Room, Office for National Statistics, Segensworth Road, Fareham, PO15 5RR

Should you wish to submit your main response online and any supporting information via hard copy or email, please be clear that this is part of the same consultation response.


All material relating to this consultation can be provided in braille, large print, or audio formats on request. British Sign Language interpreters can also be requested for any supporting events.

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  • Anyone from any background


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