Posted: Sat 15th Oct 2016

Welsh Tourism Boom Continues

This article is old - Published: Saturday, Oct 15th, 2016

Figures for the first 6 months of 2016 show that there has seen a substantial increase in the number of overseas visitors coming to Wales and a record half year increase in the amount they spend during their visit. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The International Passenger Survey, published by the Office for National Statistics today, shows that Wales welcomed 450,000 overseas visitors in the first 6 months of 2016, an increase of 15 per cent compared to the first 6 months of 2015 and the highest increase among the nations of the UK. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The figures also show that while there has been a decrease in expenditure across the UK as a whole, expenditure by overseas visitors in Wales has increased by more than 8 per cent. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

For Wales and for the UK as a whole, 75 per cent of international visits in this first half year came from Europe. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A total of 338,000 visitors came from Europe to Wales – a whopping 17 per cent higher than in the first six months of 2015. Visits form North America to Wales were also 10 per cent up compared with the first 6 months of 2015. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, said: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“This is phenomenal news for Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Our decision to target key growth markets is clearly working and we remain on course to achieve a 10 per cent growth in tourism by 2020. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“As we approach the end of the Year of Adventure we are gearing up for the promotion of Wales in 2017, our Year of Legends.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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