Published on : Saturday, March 15, 2014
According to Des Weston, joint owner of Saxon Villa, a B&B near Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire, overseas guests were visiting Yorkshire in between trips to London and Edinburgh.
Tourism experts say there has been evidence of an increase in visitors to the UK from China, South Korea and India. In January 2014, overseas visitors made 2.41 million visits to the UK, up eight per cent on January 2013.
These visitors spent £1.39 billion during their January 2014 trips to the UK – a 12 per cent increase on the January 2013 figure.
Director of The Hepworth Wakefield, Simon Wallis, said, “Within the past 12 months The Hepworth Wakefield has welcomed 7,500 overseas visitors, in fact our millionth visitor was Pauline Mackiewicz from Sydney in New South Wales, Australia”.
According to Wallis by maintaining an exclusive media presence they are helping to bring an global spectators to Yorkshire and have been cited by The Lonely Planet guide as one of the three things that makes Yorkshire the ‘third best region in the world to visit in 2014’.
Simon Wallis says The Hepworth Wakefield and many other attractions in the region will get the benefits of the 100 day Yorkshire Festival as the Tour de France, the world’s largest annual sporting event rides into town bringing with it a global audience and international fans.