Christmas tourism brings windfall to Devon

Published on : Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas tourismChristmas has brought a significant windfall to the economy of Devon thanks to Christmas this year, said VisitDevon.

Authorities forecast that visitors will spend approximately £104million in Devon during the Christmas period. With over 180,000 people visiting Devon for an overnight stay and 1.4 million visiting for the day it is expected that Christmas will be a lucrative time.

Victoria Hatfield, Chairman of VisitDevon, said: “With restrictions on parents taking their children out of school during term time, which had a negative impact on tourism across the year, Christmas holidays are more important than they used to be earlier. Historically, Christmas was not one of the main tourist seasons for Devon, but it’s now a very important holiday during a traditionally quiet period.

“More people visiting Devon during the quieter periods, would result in more tourism businesses remaining open, providing year round employment. So it’s crucial we encourage this welcome seasonal tourism boost and market Devon as a fantastic place to visit at Christmas – and all year round.”

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