The line graph plots the number of visitors to and from the United Kingdom over a 20-year period from 1979. The horizontal bar chart gives information on the numbers of British nationals travelling to five of the UK’s most popular overseas destinations.
From the line graph, we observe obvious increasing trends in visitors to from the UK throughout the period, with numbers of people travelling from the UK increasing at a consistently faster rate than those coming in. The graph shows that the two most popular overseas destinations for UK travellers by a wide margin were its two nearest countries of the five shown – France and Spain.
In 1979, the number of tourists from the UK was not much higher than those coming into the UK (13 and 10 million respectively). By about 1985, the gap had widened such that British travellers had reached 20 million while overseas visitors to the UK had barely reached 13 million. From that point in time until the end of the period, the number of UK citizens travelling abroad went up almost linearly to reach 54 million. The increase in international travellers welcomed by the UK similarly saw its most significant increase until 1990 (a 7 million increase to 20 million in five years), followed by an ever-slowing trend over the final 9 years to finish at 27 million.
In 1999, there were similar numbers of UK tourists visiting France and Spain (11 and 9 million). The next three most popular destinations (USA, Greece and Turkey) saw far fewer UK travellers – between 2 and 3 million each.