LETTER: Tourism - the £143m question

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You published a report which states that the town earned £143m from tourism in 2013, but without question or any attempt at analysis.

Are the figures remotely realistic?

This equates over 3900 people each spending £100 every day of the year, winter and summer.

I doubt that there are sufficient restaurants or hotels to accommodate such numbers.

According to the quango which produced these figures “tourist day visitors are regarded as those day visiting whose stay is three hours or more for a non-routine purpose originating outside the local area”.

But without setting up border controls how can they be counted?

On plain common sense, the figures appear to be complete tosh.

P Smith,

by email.