Council celebrates tourism boost

Date: 15/07/2014
Ref: PR 4643

We are celebrating increased figures of tourism in the district.

A national report from Tourism South East Research Department, commissioned by the Council, has indicated a rise in visitor numbers from 4.4 million trips in 2006 to 7.6 million trips in 2012. There is also a 5% increase in overnight stays from visitors from other parts of the UK while overseas visitors have increased by 25%.

Numbers also indicate the boost to the job market as an estimated 13,400 jobs are tourism related with a value of tourism to the local economy of £345m.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "We are delighted to see these figures and it is fantastic to recognise the amount of people visiting Wakefield.

"Tourism provides a great boost to our economy by raising the profile of the area both regionally and nationally as well as creating jobs for residents in the area and we are working continuously to support tourism across the district with various initiatives including the Experience Wakefield tourism website, the Wakefield District Visitor Guide and by delivering major events like Seaside in the City and the Pontefract Liquorice Festival."

The news comes as the Yorkshire Sculpture Park was named Museum of the Year in a national competition run by Art Fund. The Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year celebrates museums and galleries across the UK – annually awarding one outstanding winner £100,000.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) was also recently nominated for two regional tourism awards by Welcome to Yorkshire. The White Rose Awards for Tourism will take place in September and YSP has been shortlisted again in the Arts and Culture and Business Tourism categories. Alongside YSP, Wentbridge House Hotel near Pontefract, already the holder of Welcome to Yorkshire's Large Hotel of the Year, has been nominated for an Outstanding Customer Service Award and the National Coal Mining Museum for England is up for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year.

For more information on activities and events happening in the Wakefield area visit

For information about the district's tourism offer visit or follow @expwakefield on Twitter. ​