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More than 3 million tourists visit Copeland

Published on: Wednesday 15th August 2018

Visitors flocking to the western part of Cumbria generated £175.9 million in just one year.

Attractions such as The Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway, Muncaster Castle and the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven, were high on the list of places visited by the 3.62 million tourists to Copeland last year.

A new report produced by Cumbria Tourism and Copeland Borough Council shows a 4.6 per cent increase in visitors to Copeland last year compared with 2016.

Over the last five years, tourism visits in Copeland have increased by over 20 per cent.

Of the £175.9 million spent in the district last year, 25 per cent was by tourism businesses in the local supply chain, 24 per cent was food and drink, 19 per cent was shopping, 15 per cent was transport, 13 per cent was accommodation and five per cent was recreation.

Day visits to Copeland generated £103 million and more than £22 million was spent on local accommodation in 2017 with tourism supporting 2,320 full-time equivalent jobs.

Mike Starkie, mayor of Copeland, said: “I’m delighted to see tourism booming in Copeland.

“It’s not just the scenery that attracts visitors to our borough, with facilities like one of England’s oldest and narrowest gauge railways, the Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway.

"Historic Muncaster Castle also has many family attractions including a hawk and owl centre, extensive Himalayan gardens and special events.

“The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven, celebrates the area’s rich history while offering visitors the chance to immerse themselves in pioneering technology associated with the local nuclear industry."

Mr Starkie will host the Copeland Tourism Summit on October 19. The event will focus on showcasing the best the borough has to offer.

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