Tourists spend £250 million a year in Newquay, figures show
A TOURISM guru will share his expertise with Newquay business owners next week as figures reveal visitors are spending up to £250 million a year in the resort.
Ben Moxon, an analyst with the renowned Arkenford Company, is the headline speaker at the 2013 Visit Newquay Tourism Summit at the Lighthouse Cinema on Thursday next week.
He has been working alongside the town council's tourism organisation, Visit Newquay, to provide "authoritative" research into the resort's visitor profile.
Statistics released by national tourist board Visit England show that Newquay is the 10th most visited town or city in the country in terms of the amount of money spent.
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In 2010 holiday-makers and people in town on business splashed out £156 million but in 2011 – the latest year for which figures are available – the amount rocketed by 58 per cent to £247 million.
Tourists alone spent £208 million, the fifth highest nationwide after London, Scarborough, Blackpool and York.
The findings also suggest holidaymakers made 545,000 visits to Newquay in 2011, compared to 441,000 in 2010.