Durham sees record growth in tourism with an £867m boost to the economy in 2017

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Tourism is now worth £867m to Durham’s economy, which exceeds county’s targets three years ahead of schedule, according to newly published research.

Commissioned by Visit County Durham, the STEAM economic impact model came to this figure after assessing data from attractions, accommodation, events, transport and visitor expenditure.

The record growth reflects a 15% increase from the £752m achieved in 2014, exceeding the 2020 projected target of £863m as stated in the Durham Tourism Management Plan 2016 – 2020.

The annual study shows that Durham welcomed 19.71m tourism visits in 2017, a 2.4% increase over 2016, with these visitors spending £867m during their stay – a year-on-year increase of 5% in spend across the county.

In addition, the number of jobs supported by the visitor economy also increased with the sector supporting 11,682 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs, an increase of 5% from 2016.