One million more tourists visit Lancashire
Marketing Lancashire has released tourism figures for 2013, showing a growth in visitors numbers, revenue generated and employment in the sector.In the year 2013 visitor numbers grew by one million visitors to 63.16 million, with visitor spend (revenue generated) up by 4.4% to £3.5bn. The industry now also supports 56,137 full time jobs, a rise of 2.4% on the previous year.
Ruth Connor, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire, said: “ This growth is a strong result for 2013 especially as the year before was quite an extraordinary one with Lancashire hosting three major events, The Preston Guild, The Open Golf Championship and the 400th Anniversary of the Lancashire Witch Trials. The PR and marketing activity around these successful and diverse events has undoubtedly raised awareness of Lancashire’s broad cultural appeal and helped bring in an additional one million visitors.“The visitor economy is a priority sector for Lancashire and these latest figures show that we are growing steadily towards an even brighter future.
“Lancashire already has 20 million more visitors than Cumbria and is the second highest visitor economy in the North West. With a strategic push to raise the profile of the county, and increased pride in on our key heritage, cultural and unique ‘Lancastrian’ assets, we can make Lancashire the North West destination of choice for short breaks as well as day visits.“All areas across Lancashire have grown thanks to the quality and choice of the leisure and hospitality businesses in the county, giving people strong reasons to spend time here. Confidence in our product will keep Lancashire on this upward trajectory of prosperity and bring even greater success and sustainability to our visitor economy businesses.” VisitLancashire.com is the county’s comprehensive resource for visitors looking to plan their stay in Lancashire. This increasingly popular consumer-facing website, created and managed by Marketing Lancashire, has over 1.2 million unique users visiting over 4 million webpages per annum and has grown by 30% in the last year alone. Marketing Lancashire is also engaging more with visitors on social media, an area which has also seen annual growth of over 20%.