More tourists are coming to Brighton and Hove, bucking regional and national trends.
The extra visitors gave the local economy a significant boost, Councillor Alan Robins told fellow members of Brighton and Hove City Council on Thursday (21 November).
The Labour councillor, who chairs the council’s Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee, said that tourism supported more than 21,000 jobs in the area.
In a meeting at Hove Town Hall, he told the committee: “It goes to show how important tourism is to Brighton and Hove.
“In spite of what you sometimes hear from people, it shows how well we do and we are outperforming our rivals.”
One of the main attractions was the Royal Pavilion and Museums, which have just been awarded “Quality Assured Visitor Attraction” status, he said.
Last year people made 9.5 million day-trips to Brighton and Hove – a 1 per cent increase on 2017 – and the total number of visitors rose by 1.5 per cent to 11 million.
Brighton and Hove bucked the trend for both day-trips and overseas visitors compared with national and regional numbers.
More than 1.5 million people stayed overnight in the city – with almost 1.14 million from other parts of Britain and more than 370,000 from overseas.
Overnight visitor numbers also went up, with an estimated 4.95 million visitor nights spent in Brighton and Hove – an increase of 1 per cent compared with 2017.
These are more valuable than day-trips, with hotel or guesthouse charges adding to the higher average spend compared with day-trippers.
In the south east, international visitor numbers dropped by 23 per cent, with the Office for National Statistics attributing the fall to fewer tourists coming from European Union (EU) countries.