UKIP’s new Heritage and Tourism Spokesman is encouraged by 2016’s tourist spend and expects a large increase in visitor numbers for 2017, particularly from foreign tourists.
Tourism in England hit a new record bringing in £45bn in 2016. This figure from Visit England, reflects an increase in the numbers of day trips and ‘Staycations’ taken by British families.
I am pleased that there has been an increase throughout parts of the country from Cornwall to the Lake District.
The figures were taken from January to November 2016, so all year and not just in the summer. With the weak pound, I expect many more foreign tourists to visit as well as more British families to stay here for their holidays.
I would hope that there will be an increase in visitor numbers to seaside towns especially off season. It is easy to forget that our seaside towns also have interesting attractions all year round, other than being a great place for a beach holiday.
Skegness for example has Donna Nook Nature Reserve nearby where families of seals congregate annually throughout the winter and is close to historical towns such as Boston and Louth.
Great Yarmouth with all year round heritage attractions, including a maritime themed museum in a former herring curing works, is within a stones throw of several castles.
There are so many more places to visit with attractions to appeal to all interests and 2017 should be a bumper year.