Newport’s economy was given a £375 million boost by its tourism industry last year, according to new figures. The latest STEAM survey shows that 4.78 million people visited the city in 2016, an increase of more than 57 per cent on the previous year. The total economic impact of tourism in 2016 was £373.59 million – a rise of 19.4 per cent.
Cllr Debbie Wilcox, leader of Newport City Council, said:
This is really good news. It is clear that the city has much to offer and, as our re-generation work continues and we continue to host prestigious events, there will be even more to attract people to Newport.”
The number of day visitors also rose to more than four million, an increase of 74.8 per cent, while the number of staying visitors rose by 0.7 per cent to 730,000. Jobs supported by tourism also enjoyed a 23.3 per cent spike, with 4,102 people employed in the industry last year.
Cllr Jane Mudd, cabinet member for regeneration and housing, said:
Newport has delivered some key re-generation projects including the opening of Friars Walk and numbers have in-creased at key locations such as Tredegar House.”
A growing events calendar as well as improved walking and cycling routes have also helped to draw day visitors.
There has been increased interest from the travel trade. We recently welcomed representatives from tour operators, some of whom were visiting Newport for the first time. “With the International Convention Centre Wales due to open in 2019, we are looking forward to more in-vestment in hotel and guest house accommodation to cope with an increasing demand.”
Rhiannon Gamble, general manager at Tredegar House, added:
Over the past five years we have seen visitor numbers at Tredegar House grow each year, and today a third of our visitors are travelling from more than two hours away. For people to travel so far is a mark of how far Newport’s tourism sector has come.”