Tourism adds vital boost to economy

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Good news has brightened economic prospects in the Peak District and Derbyshire – where tourism generated a massive £1.7 million in 2011.

New research reveals that the industry’s contribution to the local economy rose by seven per cent on the 2010 figure to just over £1.6 million.

The number of people working in the tourism industry also rose from around 25,000 to just over 27,000 – which equates to an increase of eight per cent.

David James, Chief Executive of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, the area’s official tourist board, said: “Naturally we’re delighted that the value of tourism to the Peak District and Derbyshire economy is continuing to grow year on year, and that there was such a marked rise in its performance from 2010 to 2011.

“It’s especially encouraging at a time when the economic recession is still biting deep and shows little sign of slowing – and we’re particularly pleased at the news that 2,000 jobs have been created in the sector in just one year.

“It underlines the fact that there’s never been a better time for business and other organisations to share in the current and future economic benefits that tourism is bringing to the area by becoming a member of the tourist board.”

The number of people visiting the area was also up on the 2010 with an increase of around eight per cent.

To get involved with Visit Peak District and Derbyshire call 01246 212924.