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More than 35m people visited Cheshire tourist attractions last year

Cheshire & Warrington News

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Chester Zoo , Cheshire Oaks , the Ice Cream Farm, the Anderton Boat Lift – and not forgetting Chester itself – are among attractions that helped pull in more than 35m visitors to Cheshire West last year.

The tourism industry in Cheshire West and Chester is valued at £1.937bn – across Cheshire and Warrington it is worth a staggering £3.376 bn.

This is according to the annual STEAM report, an independent analysis of the county economy (2016), which highlights visitor numbers up 7.7% to 62.18m and employment in the visitor sector up 6.1 per cent at an estimated 42,615.

Cllr Brian Clarke , cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure, said: “I welcome this good news, the report has revealed the visitor economy in Cheshire West and Chester grew at a remarkable rate of 10.5 per cent in 2016, probably one of the fastest in England.

“It just goes to show that we are definitely now a place of destination with over 35 million visits thanks to all of our attractions. Most are day visits but there has still been a 6.1per cent growth in hotel stays.

“The council and our partners continue to develop attractions and itineraries that appeal and attract audiences to enjoy all that our area has to offer.”

Other major attractions bringing visitors to West Cheshire include Chester Races , Chester Cathedral and the Lion Salt Works.

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