The number of tourists flocking to Doncaster has increased for the fourth consecutive year, bucking national trends.
In 2013-14, 1.4million people visited Doncaster’s many tourist attractions, an increase of 14.6% from last year. This figure is the latest in a series of fantastic improvements in Doncaster’s tourism levels, which has seen the total number of visitors per year double in just four years.
Doncaster Council began monitoring visitor numbers at several of its major attractions, including Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Brodsworth Hall and Doncaster Racecourse in 2009/10 when the figure stood at less than 700,000 visitors.
Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet member for Tourism, said: “Doncaster’s tourist attractions are performing incredibly well, and this shows just how popular a place Doncaster is for visitors. Every single tourist attraction we monitor has seen increased visitor numbers this year which emphasises how many wonderful things to do and places to see there are across the borough. With the European Jetski Championships and the St Leger Festival still to come we are set for a bumper year.”
The increased levels of tourism in Doncaster are even more impressive given national statistics, where general numbers of visitors to tourist attractions are falling across the country. The most recent statistics from Visit England show a decrease of 1% from the previous year, while in the equivalent year (2012) there was a 14% increase in Doncaster.
Some of Doncaster’s attractions have shown exceptional growth since 2009, including Yorkshire Wildlife Park, which has gone from 70,000 visitors per year to half a million by 2014.
Cheryl Williams, Director and Founder of Yorkshire Wildlife Park, said: “The huge increase in the number of visitors that we have welcomed emphasises not only how enjoyable Yorkshire Wildlife Park is, but also how many people visit Doncaster for a day out. We are extremely proud to be such a big part of the tourism boom that is happening in the Borough.”