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Record number of foreign visitors to Lake District

Published on: Monday 5th October 2015
Categorised under: Play , Economy, Tourism, Visit

Cumbria and the Lake District have welcomed record numbers of overseas visitors so far in 2015.

A recent report from Cumbria Tourism stated that in the first four months of 2015, the number of foreign visitors to the region topped 10 million for the first time.

The news is one of many encouraging statistics to emerge from the report, which predicts that 2015 may be one of the best years yet for visitor numbers.

The report shows that accommodation occupancy figures are up on those from 2014, which Cumbria Tourism states is even more impressive considering 2014 itself was considered a good year for the tourism industry.

These figures were supported by a recent Hotels.com survey which found that the Lake District was bucking the trend for hotel prices with tourists spending an extra five per cent for a room in the area.

Cumbria and the Lake District have welcomed record numbers of overseas visitors so far in 2015.

The report also underlines the importance of tourism to the local economy, showing that in 2014, the region received 41.5 million visitors, bringing in £2.44 billion to the local economy and creating an estimated 58,327 jobs, which accounts for around 20 per cent of the region’s total employment.

While the report is optimistic on the whole, there is slight cause for concern as there is still a desire amongst Brits to go on longer holidays abroad as the economic landscape slowly improves.

Managing director of Cumbria Tourism, Ian Stephens was cautiously optimistic in his assessment of the report: “2015 looks to be another good, if not excellent year for Cumbria’s £2.4 billion visitor economy.

“Tourism continues to be one of the highest performing economic activities in Cumbria and Cumbria Tourism remains committed to putting the county on the map and using evidenced based research to lobby for greater Government support and improved conditions for tourism businesses”.