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Museums and Galleries: Overseas Visitors

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 8th April 2010.

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Photo of Peter Ainsworth Peter Ainsworth Conservative, East Surrey

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

(1) whether he has made an estimate of the (a) total financial contribution made by foreign national visitors to national museums and galleries in each year since 1997 and (b) proportion of the turnover of those museums attributable to such contributions in each of those years; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of foreign nationals who have visited national museums and galleries in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)

The number of overseas visits reported by 17 of the national museums and galleries since 1998 are in the table. This is an agreed museum performance indicator.

Overseas visitors
Financial year Number
1998-99 6,053,600
1999-2000 6,044,299
2000-01 9,348,709
2001-02 9,139,763
2002-03 9,589,987
2003-04 11,805,327
2004-05 10,882,420
2005-06 10,912,808
2006-07 14,256,408
2007-08 15,179,212
2008-09 13,907,317

The Department does not hold the data for 1997.

The financial contributions and proportion of turnover to national museums and galleries by overseas visitors is not collected centrally.

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