International visitors flock to Salisbury

International visitors flock to Salisbury

International visitors flock to Salisbury

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NEW figures released by VisitBritain reveal a sharp rise in the number of overseas visitors travelling to Wiltshire for their summer holiday in 2013.

The figures show the county’s tourist industry grew at a faster rate than anywhere else in the country, with visits up 48 per cent from July to September last year.

The tourism business is booming in Salisbury with significant increases in overseas visitors.

The biggest increase was amongst Australian holiday makers with visitor numbers up 133 per cent (from 3000 in 2012 to 7,000 in 2013) The number of German holidaymakers in Salisbury increased by 40 per cent and there was a 67 per cent increase in the number of Dutch visitors to the city.

And there were 4,000 French holiday visitors to Salisbury in 2013, more than Manchester, Aberdeen or Liverpool.

Overall for the whole of 2013, Wiltshire saw a 14 per cent increase in international holiday visits; up from 100,000 in 2012 to 114,000 in 2013. They spent £30million between them.

Chief executive of VisitWiltshire, David Andrews, said: “We are delighted to see the continued upward trend in visitor numbers to the county. “Working closely with our partners, VisitWiltshire is ensuring the county, and all it has to offer, is well and truly on the world map. We’re delighted our efforts at targeting key international markets, for example hosting 100 key international press and travel trade representatives from markets including France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Australia, China, Russia, Canada and USA, are already paying off.

“With our unrivalled combination of a World Heritage Site, unique visitor attractions, top class restaurants, bustling cities, market towns and stunning countryside, Wiltshire is a great destination for international visitors of all ages and interests,” he added.

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2:45pm Tue 26 Aug 14

John Wigs says...

There has been a few letters in the press as to the general appearance of Salisbury! Reading this and the fact that Tidworth is regarded Officially as being a pleasant place to live, surely should make it reasonable that Salisbury needs somewhat improvements made and at least the opportunity to build on what they already have!
Entering Salisbury from any directions is not an easy operation! even the new nominated Coach station requires much patience just to get to it!
Those inner city roads planned over fifty years ago, now congest our City with long queues of traffic, now at most times of day! In the next fifty years what then? Planning now needs a crystal Ball to the future and very careful Thought! The area does not need another A303 fiasco!
There has been a few letters in the press as to the general appearance of Salisbury! Reading this and the fact that Tidworth is regarded Officially as being a pleasant place to live, surely should make it reasonable that Salisbury needs somewhat improvements made and at least the opportunity to build on what they already have! Entering Salisbury from any directions is not an easy operation! even the new nominated Coach station requires much patience just to get to it! Those inner city roads planned over fifty years ago, now congest our City with long queues of traffic, now at most times of day! In the next fifty years what then? Planning now needs a crystal Ball to the future and very careful Thought! The area does not need another A303 fiasco! John Wigs
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