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Tourism

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of gross domestic product was accounted for by tourism in (a) Wales and (b) the rest of the United Kingdom in the last year for which figures are available. (78870)

Industry-specific data are only available for Gross Value Added (GVA), not Gross Domestic Product.

In direct terms, tourism contributes approximately 3.7 per cent. of whole-economy value added in Wales. For the UK in total, tourism contributed an estimated 3.4 per cent. of GVA in 2003 (it is not possible to provide a figure for the UK excluding Wales).

These figures were both calculated using tourism satellite account methodology but were derived separately and so are not directly comparable.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which 10 tourist attractions in (a) Cambridgeshire, (b) Peterborough constituency and (c) Peterborough city council area attracted the largest number of visitors in each year since 1997. (77912)

My Department does not maintain central records of visitors to tourist attractions. However VisitBritain and its predecessor have previously carried out periodical surveys of regional attractions. The data available from the surveys covering Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the estimated visitor numbers for the most popular attractions in these areas is set out in the following tables.

(a) Cambridgeshire

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

391,388

403,928

399,824

390,611

434,322

382,255

442,772

444,478

King's College Chapel, Cambridge

300,674

285,602

264,565

245,926

209,736

212,244

201,887

21,510

Cambridge American Cemetery

289.845

171,025

84,800

171,109

159,719

175,000

175,00

160,000

Anglesey Abbey, Lode

108,886

118,824

124,526

124,050

132,238

141,651

165,882

160,449

Ely Cathedral

250,000

250,000

91,918

86,707

90,052

86,034

79,221

78,183

University Botanic Garden, Cambridge

100,000

110,000

110,000

100,000

110,000

103,500

127,336

124,885

Peterborough Cathedral

90,000

90,000

80,000

48,700

46,706

48,291

54,153

60,563

Nene Valley Railway, Stibbington

59,363

66,210

66,493

63,278

64,606

1

1

1

Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery

39,000

34,045

31,432

1

1

33,183

31,003

31,088

Sedgwick Museum

23,760

22,437

21,042

21,364

21,014

22,454

1

1

1 No data.

(b) Peterborough

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Big Sky Adventure Play, Peterborough

105,000

110,391

140,334

1

1

1

1

1

Peterborough Cathedral

90,000

90,000

80,000

48,700

46,706

48,291

54,153

60,563

Nene Valley Railway, Stibbington

59,363

66,210

66,493

63,278

64,606

1

1

1

Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery

39,000

34,045

31,432

1

1

33,183

31,003

31,088

Activity World, Peterborough

80,000

82,000

1

1

1

1

1

1

Flag Fen Bronze Age Centre

1

1

1

1

1

15,490

1

1

Railworld

1

1

1

1

1

3,466

1

1

Thorney Abbey Church

1

1

1

1

1

800

1

1

Thorney Heritage Museum

1

1

1

1

1

743

1

1

Longthorpe Tower

1

1

1

1

1

459

1

1

1 No data.