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Tourism (South West)

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many tourists have visited the South West region in each year since 1997. (86096)

[holding answer 18 July 2006]: The following tables set out the number of visits to the South West region from (i) overseas and (ii) the UK where this included an overnight stay. Information is provided between 2000 and 2005; equivalent data prior to this period are not available.

Inbound visits to the South West by year

Visit (all)

2000

2,042

2001

1,689

2002

1,852

2003

1,885

2004

2,033

2005

12,137

1 2005 data are provisional. Source: International Passenger Survey (ONS).

Domestic overnight trips to the South West by year

Visit (all)

2000

24,700

2001

25,200

2002

26,000

2003

22,800

2004

120,500

2005

221,280

1 VisitBritain believes the old UKTS methodology significantly underreported 2004. 2 In 2005 an improved methodology was introduced for UKTS so direct comparison with previous years is not appropriate. Source: UK Tourism Survey (National Tourist Boards)

In addition, the South West region receives a substantial number of day visitors; the last Leisure Day Visitors Survey in 2002-03 recorded a total of 48 million day visitors to the region.