Tourism is booming in Winchester as recently released figures have shown that 5.5 million people visited the city in 2013.
The figures were released in a city council meeting by the council leader Rob Humby, who also revealed that day visitors to the city had risen by nine per cent in 2013, compared to a 6.5 per cent increase the previous year.
People staying in holiday cottages in Hampshire and the New Forest have increased in recent years and many believe this could be one of the reasons why Winchester has seen its best ever year for tourism.
Winchester’s tourism worth £341 million
The city council meeting also revealed that tourism in 2013 brought in £341 million to the city, which is £100 million more than tourism revenue back in 2008. The city council also revealed that jobs in the sector rose in 2013 to a record 5,350 as a result of tourism.
Winchester has become a hugely popular day out with visitors staying in nearby Winchester holiday cottages.
This should come as no surprise as Winchester has something for everyone with attractions such as Marwell Wildlife and Winchester Castle perfect for families, and Winchester Cathedral and the Royal Green Jackets Museum ideal for those that want to learn more about the region’s history.
The Southern Daily Echo revealed that councillor Rob Humby believes the region’s huge success in tourism is partly down to a partnership between East Hampshire District Council, Tourism South East, the South Downs National Park and the Winchester City Council.
The latest tourism figures for Winchester in the summer of 2014 have not yet been released, but many people feel that with the good summer that has been experienced this year and the appeal of an autumn holiday in the English countryside, the number of holidaymakers visiting the city could have increased again.