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Museums and Galleries: Overseas Visitors

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether he has made an estimate of the (a) total financial contribution made by foreign national visitors to national museums and galleries in each year since 1997 and (b) proportion of the turnover of those museums attributable to such contributions in each of those years; and if he will make a statement; (323664)

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of foreign nationals who have visited national museums and galleries in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

The number of overseas visits reported by 17 of the national museums and galleries since 1998 are in the table. This is an agreed museum performance indicator.

Overseas visitors

Financial year

Number

1998-99

6,053,600

1999-2000

6,044,299

2000-01

9,348,709

2001-02

9,139,763

2002-03

9,589,987

2003-04

11,805,327

2004-05

10,882,420

2005-06

10,912,808

2006-07

14,256,408

2007-08

15,179,212

2008-09

13,907,317

The Department does not hold the data for 1997.

The financial contributions and proportion of turnover to national museums and galleries by overseas visitors is not collected centrally.