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York Brings In More Than £600 Million From Tourists

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12:03pm 10th February 2014

York made £606 million from tourism in 2012, up from £443 million in 2008. Back in 1987, only £55 million was brought into York from tourism.

But new figures released today show the number of visitors remained the same at seven million tourists a year.

It means those visitors are spending more on their visits to the city, partly made up by more people staying the night rather than doing a day trip. 22% of tourists spend the night now, up from 17% four years ago.

York is most popular with foreign visitors from America, followed by Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and France.

Kate McMullen, Head of Visit York said, "These statistics are fantastic news and mean we have exceeded our targets.  It’s our strong partnership approach, working closely with York’s tourism businesses and their innovation that continually enables York to stay ahead of the competition."

Jane Lady Gibson, Chairman of Visit York said, "These excellent results show we are on the right track and we now have ambitious plans, with partners in the city, to create a billion pound visitor economy for York by 2024.  To successfully deliver on this we will raise our game still further, creating a sharper, more innovative approach to take tourism in York to the next level."

Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism said: "These results demonstrate the importance of tourism and the visitor economy. Whether here for a holiday or business trip, by spending in our hotels, shops and restaurants it’s clear that visitors contribute significantly to the city. Our aim has always been to concentrate on increasing the value of tourism in York, so we’re delighted with these latest results and we will continue to build on this success."

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