Tourism is booming in Bolton
TOURISM in Bolton is booming.
Council figures have revealed the amount tourism brings into Bolton has increased by £28 million from £343 million in 2011 to £371 million last year.
The number of visitors also rose by 200,000, with 6.2 million people coming to Bolton in 2012 compared to six million in 2011.
Jobs supported by the sector also increased by 319 to 4,951, a seven per cent rise.
Brad Gould, transport administrator of BSS Coaches in Chorley New Road, said developments like Middlebrook had brought more people in from out of town.
He added: “I think since Middlebrook was built we’ve got better facilities than we used to have and they’ve developed over a number of years.
“This weekend we’re bringing over a delegation from Germany and they’ll be going to a few places around the town.
“We’ve also done work for Ironman such as taking the athletes around.
“I live here, but I suppose you have to look at it from the outside and see all these different events going on.”
Bolton Council leader Cllr Cliff Morris, added: “We actively promote Bolton as a tourism destination and these figures show that despite the tough economic conditions visitors are still coming.
“The growing profile of events such as the Food and Drink Festival, the continued success of the Ironman UK triathlon, and the introduction of Ironkids has helped to attract many new people to Bolton.
“Other major draws for visitors are Bolton Museum, which was the fifth most visited attraction in Greater Manchester in 2012 with 367,342 visitors.”
Cllr Morris said new hotel accommodation such as the Travelodge, and the borough’s reputation as good place for groups and coach parties to visit had also proven a draw.
He added: “Bolton Market continues to attract significant numbers of visitors on day trips and we’re investing £4.5 million to improve the market further.
“This along with the investment in the Interchange, the £8.9 million that we have set aside to support the town centre, and events like the Food and Drink Festival, will be key to attracting more people to the town in future years.”
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