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The Importance of Tourism

Office Chichester Chamber - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

At one time or another we’re all tourists! Whether an annual holiday, a weekend away, a day out or a business trip, when you or I take a break, we’re contributing to the ‘visitor economy’.

The tourism industry is the country’s third largest employer, employing in excess of two million people, generating £97billion each year, and supporting thousands of businesses. In Chichester District, tourism is big business. There are over 9,100 jobs directly involved in tourism and leisure, plus numerous ‘support’ jobs.

But tourism also adds much more to all our lives. It has a strong interdependent relationship with transport, retailing, heritage assets, farming and the countryside, coastal activities, sport, the arts and much more. In simple terms there is much that our community benefits from in terms of infrastructure, amenities, cultural assets and the environment that the local population are able to enjoy, that simply wouldn’t exist without ‘Tourism’.

Chichester District is fortunate in attracting a wide variety of visitors – from families enjoying a seaside holiday to couples taking short breaks. There are also visitors to events such as the Goodwood Revival, the Petworth Festival or Blues on the Farm, plus those visiting the theatre, or here for sailing, windsurfing, walking and sightseeing, and the thousands of business visitors, who support, stimulate and enhance other economic sectors.

There’s a role for all us in supporting tourism. Many of our local businesses - and not just those directly involved in tourism - can help ensure our patch fully exploits every opportunity to grow the visitor economy. The ‘tourist pound’ is vital to our economy, to employment, and to the quality of all our lives so, for each of us as individuals, it makes sense to be as welcoming as possible to our visitors. At the end of the day we’re all tourists!

Stephen Oates, Non-exec Director, CCCI, Economic Development Manager, CDC

The Importance of Tourism

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
At one time or another we’re all tourists! Whether an annual holiday, a weekend away, a day out or a business trip, when you or I take a break, we’re contributing to the ‘visitor economy’. The tourism industry is the country’s third largest employer, employing i ..

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