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Visitors to Grimsby and Cleethorpes hit record high of 10m - and here’s what they’re coming for

Visitors to Grimsby and Cleethorpes hit record high of 10m - and here's what they're coming for

Visitors to Grimsby and Cleethorpes hit record high of 10m - and here’s what they’re coming for

They spent a record-breaking £560million, boosting the local tourism economy and jobs for Grimsby and Cleethorpes, in particular.

Jubilant council chiefs hailed the figures as “fantastic” and plan an even warmer welcome for visitors thanks to grants of up to £10million.

Attractions raked in £23million more than the previous year.

Among the events drawing visitors are Armed Forces weekend, golden sands, Cleethorpes Light Railway, bikers weekends, The Sound of Cleethorpes, Thorpe Park, shopping centres and our renowned fish and chip shops.

They helped increase the amount of money visitors spend by four per cent, according to the latest audit in the tourism industry-measurement STEAM report for 2016.

They also helped create more jobs with employment in the tourism sector going up to 6,700 from 6,500 the previous year. Major renovation projects of £7.2m in Cleethorpes are expected to make the resort even more attractive to visitors and tourists.

Councillor Matt Patrick, portfolio holder for tourism, said: “These results are fantastic – and it’s a credit to everyone working throughout the industry across North East Lincolnshire.

"Tourism is a hugely important sector for us. With the work we’re doing in partnership with businesses and community groups and the major funding boosts announced last year, we’re doing all we can to make sure this trend carries on.

"We still have work to do in terms of extending the season, and creating more year-round tourism, and this is something we’re working on particularly with given we’ve secured more than £10m in government funding to develop a range of projects in the resort over the next few years.

"The figures and the NELC and external funding we’ve brought in dispel any myth that we aren’t investing in the resort of Cleethorpes. Indeed it is an economic and council priority to invest in the town centre.

"This report is a great indication that we’re moving forward in terms of attracting people to visit the area. We’re doing some great work, not only for our visitors, but also for our residents and businesses."

To find out about the great events happening in the resort this year, visit www.discovernel.co.uk or www.visitcleethorpes.co

News Courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com

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