Gravesham jobs boosted on back of Kent tourism boom
PUBLISHED: 12:53 29 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:53 29 November 2016
Kent remains one of the most popular tourist destinations for foreign visitors
The number of jobs in Gravesham supported by tourism rose by 15 per cent last year as Kent’s tourism boom continued.
New figures from Visit Kent show the district welcomed nearly two million visitors last year, with day trips rising three per cent to 1.7 million and overnight trips growing 3.8 per cent to 200,000.
As a result, the total value of the visitor economy increased to £105 million, and the tourism sector now supports 2,392 jobs in the region.
Cabinet member for tourism councillor Jordan Meade said: “These results are fantastic and we are really pleased Gravesham is firmly on the map as a great destination in Kent. I hope this is the start of even more visitors coming to Gravesham and enjoying everything it has to offer.
“We launched our new Visit Gravesend website earlier in the summer and this has heightened our tourism offering. It has event listings, details of key tourism projects, history and heritage information and what you need to know if you’re coming to the area.”
Kent welcomed more than 60 million visitors in 2015, despite the challenges presented by Operation Stack and poor weather during summer.
The county remains the third most visited destination outside of London for foreign visitors, and tourism jobs rose by 5.9 per cent to 71,920.