International Passenger Survey - Major studies
Consumer behaviour - Economics
Economic conditions and indicators - Economics
Migration - Population, vital statistics and censuses
Leisure, tourism and sport - Society and culture
Travel and transport
|The International Passenger Survey (IPS) aims to collect data on both credits and debits for the travel account of the Balance of Payments, provide detailed visit information on overseas visitors to the United Kingdom (UK) for tourism policy, and collect data on international migration.
|The depositor recommends that only expert users who are very familiar with the coding and weighting structures use these data, as limited support is available. Some considerable understanding of the data is required before meaningful analyses can be made; care must be taken when performing time series operations as codes can vary from year to year and not all variables from one year's dataset are used in other years.
The data cover four subject areas, termed 'Airmiles', 'Alcohol', 'Qregtown' and 'Qcontact'. One file is produced each quarter per subject area, and the dataset updated quarterly. These files can be joined together using the variables YEAR, SERIAL, FLOW and QUARTER.
Weighting the IPS
ONS advise that the variable 'fweight' included in the 'Qcontact' dataset should be applied to get an overall weighted profile. This weight is set consistently overtime. Other weights are provided to analyse finer detail but no information is provided in the documentation. ONS are currently reviewing the documentation but in the meantime if users have any detailed weighting questions they should contact the ONS at email@example.com.
The original deposit of this dataset was made in August 2006, and contained data from the first quarter (January-March 2006). Subsequent editions were updated in conjunction with successive quarters of IPS, until the fourth edition (May 2007) which contained data from the fourth quarter (October-December 2006) and took into account Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) revised estimates of interlining at major UK airports, and new information on spending and numbers of visits from tourists using the Irish land border, an area not covered by the IPS sample. The CAA estimates were further revised for the fifth edition (October 2007), when data files for all four quarters of 2006 were updated. The revised CAA figures have shown much lower levels of interlining than previously estimated and so IPS estimates of visits to and from the UK have generally risen. The information on tourists using the Irish land border was also updated.
The 2006 IPS dataset covers:
- 'Airmiles': quarter; flow; serial; UK port or route; direct leg overseas port; final overseas port; distance from UK port to first port; from first to second port; from UK port to second port
- 'Alcohol': year; quarter; month; flow; serial; money spent on spirits; wine; beer; champagne; cigarettes; hand-rolled and other tobacco
- 'Qregtown': year; quarter; month; flow; serial; towns stayed in overnight; details of type of accommodation; number of nights spent in towns; expenditure in towns; regional stay weight; regional visit weight; regional expenditure weight; various validation checks
- 'Qcontact': year; quarter; month; flow; serial; nationality; country of visit/residence; UK counties; date visit began; purpose of visit; intended length of stay; number of people; package tour and cost; expenditure pre-, post- and during visit; flight prefix and suffix; first carrier air or shipping line; direct leg overseas port; final overseas port; long- or short-haul; type of vehicle; number travelling in vehicle; fare type and cost; class of travel; business trip; type of flight; flight origin or destination; gender; age group; UK port or route; quality of response; date of interview; money transfer, net and total expenditure; type of transport; arrivals (number of adults); departures (type of travelling group, number of adults and children); weighting variables; various validation checks
By principal investigator(s):
Central Statistical Office (1993-1997) Business monitor MA6: overseas travel and tourism, London: HMSO, annual.
Central Statistical Office (1993-1997) Business monitor MQ6: overseas travel and tourism, London: HMSO, quarterly.
Office for National Statistics (1997- ) Business monitor MQ6: overseas travel and tourism, London: The Stationery Office, quarterly. From 2003, the Business Monitor MQ6 publication is included as part of the study documentation. Alternatively, Adobe PDF versions are available online from the Office for National Statistics web site.
Central Statistical Office (1995) First release: overseas travel and tourism, 1 November, London: CSO.
Central Statistical Office (1995-1997) Travel trends, London: HMSO, annual.
Office for National Statistics (1998- ) Travel trends, London: The Stationery Office, annual. From 2003, the Travel Trends publication is included as part of the study documentation. Alternatively, Adobe PDF versions are available online from the Office for National Statistics web site, from 1999 onwards.
The Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) has produced a 'Data Dictionary' covering summary information on UK-based survey series (including the IPS) that include any data on alcohol. Further information and links to the dictionary documents may be found on the IAS Data Dictionary - Table of Contents web page.