All of the evidence in 2017 points to a broadly stable year for tourism both in Torbay and on a national level as demonstrated by the key points below;
- All tourism trips (day plus staying trips) to Torbay are estimated to have decreased by 2% with visitor spend decreasing by the same amount.
- In the year to November 2017, domestic staying trips to England increased by +1%, nights increased by +2%, while spend increased by +2% for the year to date.
- For the full calendar year of 2017, overseas staying trips to England increased by +7% , nights increased by +4%, while spend increased by +11%.
- The number of tourism day visits in England in the period January to November 2017 decreased by ‐2 whilst the value of those visits decreased by ‐3%.
Whilst the national staying visitor surveys point to increased levels of visitors these will be outweighed by the decrease in day visits at a national level with day visits accounting for approximately 75% of all tourism days in the country. A broad brush estimate for all tourism activity in 2017 (staying plus day) at a national equates to a decrease of 1% overall for the year in terms of the number of visitor days.
Looking at Torbay specifically the estimated decrease in activity certainly doesn’t appear to indicate that there are any potential issues with the area and as demonstrated above is broadly in line with the national trend. It is entirely possible that a change of this size could happen by chance or as a result of things such as the weather, economic climate etc