Good news as tourism spend is up in borough

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Scarborough’s 2014 visitors numbers fell compared to the previous year but the amount spent in the borough was up, new figures reveal.

Results from the Great Britain Tourism Survey show there was a two per cent increase in domestic overnight trips in the borough and an increase of four per cent in trip spend.

The number of trips made by visitors from overseas to the area was up by five per cent and their trip spend was up by 13 per cent compared to 2013.

In total, it is estimated that around £318 million was spent by all overnight visitors, up 5 per cent from 2013.

Just under 6 million tourism day trips were made to the borough in 2014. This was actually a four per cent reduction compared to the previous year but day trip expenditure per head increased by four per cent,

In total, around £522.4 million was spent on trips to the borough in 2014 by overnight and day visitors, up four per cent compared to 2013. 57 per cent of this expenditure was made by domestic staying visitors, four per cent by overseas staying visitors and 39 per cent by day visitors.

Cllr Andrew Backhouse, Scarborough Council’s cabinet member for Tourism said: “We’re obviously delighted with these results and they reflect the positive conversations we’ve had with local tourism businesses in the last 12 months about trade being buoyant in all parts of the borough.