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Tourism: North East Region

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many tourists visited (a) Hartlepool constituency, (b) Tees Valley sub-region and (c) the North East region in each of the last five years. (130891)

The following tables show the number of visits to the North East from (i) UK residents (with an overnight stay) and (ii) overseas residents, for the latest years for which data are available. Data for Tees Valley are only available for inbound visits and no information is available at a constituency level.

Domestic overnight visits1

Thousand

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

North East

4,300

4,800

4,800

3,800

4,640

1 The methodology for the UKTS changed in 2005 meaning that comparisons with previous years should be treated with caution. This change occurred as a result of concerns with the quality of 2004 data, which are thought to be an under-representation of the true position.

Source:

UK Tourism Survey (National Tourist Boards)

Inbound visits

Thousand

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Tees Valley

45

47

69

50

52

North East

440

529

505

539

590

Source:

International Passenger Survey (ONS)

In addition, account should be taken of the number of day visits made to, or within, the North East. The Leisure Day Visits Survey in 2002-03 recorded a total of around 30 million tourism day visits to destinations in the North East. It is not possible to provide a time series for this information as the surveys are run intermittently.