BOLSOVER: Research claims tourism is worth over £100m to the district

Daffodils at Bolsover Castle
Daffodils at Bolsover Castle

Latest research figures have revealed that the tourism industry is worth over £100million a year to Bolsover District.

The figures from the STEAM Tourism Economic Impact Assessment highlight that 2.5million visitors came to the District spending £104 million in the local economy through industries such as accommodation, transport, shopping, food

and drink and recreation.

Compared to the previous year, this is a £6million increase which has a major impact on the local economy and social aspect of the District.

Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Cllr Alan Tomlinson said: “Tourism is big business and one that we are tapping into quite significantly. The majority of visitors to our District just come for the day, but we want to change this and by working more closely with our attractions and service providers we are putting together packages and incentives to encourage people to think of the area as a short stay destination.”

The tourism industry in the District also supports over 1,500 jobs and Bolsover District Council, together with the tourist attractions, have invested and improved what’s on offer to tourists over the past couple of years.

Cllr Tomlinson added: “We want visitors to the area to experience all it has to offer – historical attractions, beautiful countryside and unique traditions. That’s why over the past few years we have widened our offer to tourists with cultural activities and events, walking festivals, special offers and discounts into attractions and a month-long festival of events to help fill accommodation during quiet periods and encourage tourists to visit other attractions in the District.”

For more information on the tourist attractions and what is on offer please visit www.bolsover.gov.uk/tourism or www.visitchesterfield.info for details.