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Tourism figures: Key headline figures for Thanet for 2006

It is estimated that around 498,596 overnight tourism staying trips were made to Thanet in 2006. Of these trips, domestic visitors made 83% of trips (412,093) and overseas visitors made 17% of trips (86,503). £89,385,814 was spent by staying visitors on their trip.

It is estimated that around 2.3 million tourism day trips were made to Thanet in 2006, generating a further £72,644,507 trip expenditure.

In total, around £162,030,321 was spent on trips to Thanet in 2006 by staying and day visitors. 37% of this expenditure was made by domestic staying visitors; 19% by overseas staying visitors and 44% by day visitors.

In addition, expenditure by friends and relatives on visitors, and visitors spend on second homes (i.e. maintenance) generates a further 12,690,000. With the addition of other expenditure tourism activity generated £174,720,321 expenditure.

Of this expenditure, £164,645,000 translates into direct income for local business; and a further £32,929,000 of income is generated through indirect and induced effects (a total of £197,574,000 business turnover).

This income supported 3,440 FTE jobs and 4,705 Actual jobs. Overall it is estimated that tourism expenditure supported 7% of local employment.

*Figures from Cambridge Model 2006

Accommodation figures for Thanet

Type of Accommodation
Bedrooms/ Units/Pitches
Bed spaces
Caravan & Camping
873
3,914
Self catering (Cottages, Barns & Houses)
26
104
Serviced (Hotels, B&B's & Inn's)
54
240
Group (shared accommodation)
1,957
4,110
*Information sourced by Tourism South East

TOURISM FACTS & FIGURES
Visitor Information Centre Enquiries 2006
Broadstairs
Margate
Ramsgate
Total Enquires
April
658
5294
661
10,956
May
495
5038
159
9,814
June
966
6519
237
12,579
(Source: Thanet District Council Tourism Service)

Tourism Statistics
Archives
Visitor Information Centre Enquiries 2005 ( Jan - 31st Dec)
Ramsgate
Margate
Broadstairs
Total
Visitors
44,844
48,624
26,687
120,155
Tel / Fax
8875
3860
4201
16, 936
Postal
3036
2685
1738
7,459
Total
56,755
55,169
32,626
(Source: Thanet District Council Tourism Service)

Visitor Information Centre Enquiries 2004 ( Jan - 31st Dec)
Ramsgate
Margate
Broadstairs
Total
Visitors
76,948
57,605
62,609
197,162
Tel / Fax
12,596
2,780
3,431
19,167
Postal
7,784
3,847
3,737
15,368
Total
97,688
64,232
69,777
(Source: Thanet District Council Tourism Service)

Visitor Information Centre Enquiries 2003 (1Jan - 31 December)
Ramsgate
Margate
Broadstairs
Total
Visitors
68,779
63,305
60,040
192,124
Tel / Fax
15,541
3,003
2,656
21,200
Postal
3,841
3,824
3,087
10,752
Total
88,161
70,132
65,783
(Source: Thanet District Council Tourism Service)

Visitor Information Centre Enquiries 2002
Ramsgate
Margate
Broadstairs
Total
Visitors
71,916
56,553
54,427
182,896
Tel / Fax
15,668
3,040
2,091
20,799
Postal
3,254
4,358
3,363
10,975
Total
90,838
63,951
59,881
214,670
(Source: Thanet District Council Tourism Service)

Visitor Information Centre Enquiries 2001
Ramsgate
Margate
Broadstairs
Visitors
55,862
48,410
60,729
Tel / Fax
15,418
6,315
5,647
Postal
3,161
5,119
3,031
Total
74,441
59,844
69,407
(Source: Thanet District Council Tourism Service)

Volume and Value of Tourism to Thanet
(1998)
(2000)
(2003)
Staying Trips
545,000 (equiv. to 2.1m. nights)
518,000 (equiv. to 2.16m. nights)
497,000
Direct Tourist Expenditure Generated by Visitor Nights
£79.45 million
£85.56 million
£84.42million
Day Visitors
2.19 million
2.60 million
2.23 million
Direct Tourist Expenditure Generated by Day Visitors
£35 million
£44.96 million
£54.1million
Jobs Generated Through Direct Tourist Expenditure
3,337
3,782
3,282
Jobs Generated Through Indirect Tourist Expenditure
990
1,078
(Source: Cambridge Economic Impact Model 1998 & 2000, Tourism SE Research unit 2003)