To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make an assessment of the contribution of heritage sites in (a) the south-west, (b) east midlands and (c) Yorkshire to the national economy; and what arrangements her Department has in place to monitor the performance of the tourist economy in those areas.
DCMS does not make an assessment of the contribution of heritage sites by region. However, the recent report by Oxford Economics for the Heritage Lottery Fund highlights that the UK’s built and natural heritage-based tourism contributes £9.59 billion GDP directly to the national economy, including indirect and induced effects, that rises to £26.37 GDP.
The performance of the tourist economy at the sub-national level is measured through the Great Britain Tourism Survey (GBTS), Day Visitor Survey, Occupancy, Stock Audit, International Passenger Survey, Annual Attractions and a range of other non-statutory surveys commissioned by VisitEngland including the Visitor Satisfaction Survey. This data is measured nationally but the GBTS can be broken down to county level so that for regions it can be aggregated into several counties. This information is updated on the VisitEngland corporate website where each county’s volume and value is recorded.