Delyn MP David Hanson has given his backing to Britain’s second annual tourism week, which runs from the 10-18th of March 2008.
Tourism is Britain’s 5th largest industry, worth £85 billion. The industry employs an estimated 2.1 million people in the UK – 7.7% of the UK workforce – more jobs than construction or transport.
2006 was a record year for UK inbound tourism both in terms of volume and value, with 32.7 million overseas visitors spending £16 billion in the UK. There were 122.1 million overnight trips and overnight domestic tourism was worth £20.3 billion.
Building on the success of British Tourism Week 2007 which featured over 50 events across the country, British Tourism Week ’08 will highlight the contribution made by businesses large and small, public and commercial and galvanises the commitment of organisations and individuals to further improve and develop the industry.
British Tourism Week is organised by VisitBritain and UKinbound with the support of the Tourism Alliance, British Hospitality Association, Tourism Society, ABTA the Travel Association, Reed Travel Exhibitions and Britain’s national and regional tourist boards.
There are going to be a host of events up and down the country. For more information please visit www.britishtourismweek.com.
David Hanson said:
“Tourism is vital to the British economy and helps to bring in large sums of revenue to North Wales.
“In 2006 overseas visitors paid £3.3 billion in tax, which is enough to pay for 195,000 nurses.
“Tourism is particularly important to Flintshire due to our beautiful landscapes and scenery and our proximity to other North Wales attractions like Snowdonia.
“I am always keen to visit local businesses or promote local tourism initiatives and will continue to do all I can to ensure Flintshire continues to benefit from the UK’s tourist boom.”