National Park numbers point to successful season
12:41pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
DATA collected by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has revealed an increase in visitors to the area during this summer’s tourism season.
Between May and August 2013 counters located around the 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail recorded an increase of 14% compared with the same period last year.
National Trails Officer Dave MacLachlan said: “This year we enjoyed some brilliant weather during the summer months and it’s wonderful to see that so many people capitalised on that and enjoyed a walk on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail.
“The National Park Authority works tirelessly to ensure the coast path is maintained to the highest possible standards so that it remains accessible to as many people as possible all year round. This work is extremely important as the coast path continues to be one of the biggest tourism attractions in the county.”
The coast path generates £14million of spending in the area every year. Its spectacular views captivate hundreds of thousands of local people and visitors annually – and generates almost 1 million user days annually.
Figures from the National Park Authority’s visitor centres and attractions also point to a good tourism season, with numbers increasing almost across the board.
Authority chairman, Cllr Mike James added: “These statistics make great reading and hopefully indicate a good season for the Pembrokeshire tourism industry as a whole.
“This data reinforces the research which shows that the National Park has a very positive impact on the local economy, contributing over £80 million to the GDP of Wales and supporting over 4,500 jobs.”