A record number of people visited Bath and North East Somerset last year, contributing £470m to the local economy, according to figures released today.
The latest Visitor Impact Report, an independent survey carried out by The South West Research Company, shows that an estimated 6.25 million people visited the district in 2018.
The survey also reveals that the value of the visitor economy in Bath and North East Somerset is almost half a billion pounds, contributing £470m to the local economy. An increase of £40m since the last survey was carried out in 2016.
During 2018 more than a million people (1.182m) stayed in the area, a third of these staying guests were international visitors. Around a half of the staying visitors opted for serviced accommodation such as hotels or B&Bs, while around a third stayed with family or friends. The survey found that the spend of staying guests was more than £266.5m
Bath and North East Somerset also received an estimated five million day-visitors during 2018, spending more than £191 million.
Kathryn Davis, Interim CEO, Visit Bath, said: “Compared to the last data set produced for 2016, we have seen growth in both the volume and spend of staying visitors. While the volume of day visitors has also grown, the average spend per visit remains relatively similar to 2016.”
Councillor Dine Romero, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council said: “Tourism is a vital part of the local economy and I’m pleased to hear that our beautiful city and its surrounding towns, villages and countryside remain an attractive destination for so many people. The strength of our visitor economy shows the confidence people have in our city and the wider area, which has to be good news for business owners and employees. However, looking to the future we must continue to develop more sustainable tourism and make sure the long-term interests of the city and its residents are also protected.”
Figures from the International Passenger Survey (IPS) for 2018 were released earlier this year, showing that Bath was the 11th most visited town or city in the UK, up from 12th most visited in 2017. In 2018, the estimated top five visitor markets were USA, Germany, Italy, Spain and France, with Australia, Ireland, The Netherlands, Canada and New Zealand completing the top ten.