Tourism economy boost for Derbyshire

Burbage, in the Peak District.
Burbage, in the Peak District.

Tourism’s contribution to the Peak District and Derbyshire economy continues on an upward curve – generating more than £1.9 billion in 2014.

New research from Peak District & Derbyshire, the area’s official tourist board, showed the area’s tourism economy has made solid progress since 2009, despite the challenging financial climate.

The industry’s value to the economy increased from £1.47bn in 2009 to more than £1.9bn last year – an increase of five per cent on £1.8bn in 2013 - while the number of full-time equivalent jobs it supported rose to 27,720 in 2014, compared with 25,285 in 2009.

Visitor numbers increased by more than 800,000 to reach more than 38.8 million in 2014, compared with 38m in 2013 and 36.25m in 2009.

The number of nights staying visitors spend in the area also continues to grow steadily each year, from around 9.8m in 2009 to more than 10.8m in 2014.

Jo Dilley, director of Peak District & Derbyshire, said: “It’s very reassuring to see that, in spite of tough economic times, tourism in the Peak District and Derbyshire continues to thrive and to make a key contribution to the local and regional economy. We’re particularly pleased that visitor numbers are up and that there’s a gradual increase in the total number of nights they stay, helping to add five per cent more value to the area’s economy from 2013 to 2014.”

Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, added: “A thriving visitor economy plays an important role in maintaining the economic health of our area.”