Post by Bod
British Tourist Authority chairman Steve Ridgway said tourism was worth
£127bn annually to the economy.
He called the sector an "economic powerhouse" and a "job creator right
"Two-and-a-half times bigger than the automotive industry, employing
three million, tourism is one of our most successful exports and needs
no trade deals to compete globally."
In terms of value I would probably go with the £25bn figure for direct
spending but the story is good to see. As is the comment "Britons are
also holidaying at home in record numbers." All boosting the economy.
Good to see the pragmatism in "Tourism is a fiercely competitive global
industry and you cannot just build a strong, resilient industry on a
weaker currency. We must continue to invest in developing world-class
tourism products, getting Britain on the wish-list of international and
domestic travellers and we must make it easy for visitors to make that