Saturday, 30 March 2019

English Tourism Week 2019

Saturday 30th March - Sunday 7th April is English Tourism Week 2019, and events are taking place across the country to raise awareness of the size, value and importance of tourism to our local, regional and national economies, as well as highlighting the contribution made by businesses from every part of England's tourism industry. This year's English Tourism Week is particularly special as the British Tourist Authority is celebrating 50 years- the Development of Tourism Act was passed in 1969.

Tourism is one of the UK's biggest drivers of economic growth and employment, and is one of our largest and most valuable industries. English tourism directly employs more than 2.6m people and generates over £106 billion a year for the British economy. Domestic tourism in England is also driving growth and supporting jobs- in the first 10 months of 2018 there were 40.6 million domestic holiday trips in England.

I may be biased but Northumberland is a particularly great place for tourism in our country, both for tourists and the fantastic businesses in our local area. For more information about English Tourism Week, visit