English Tourism Week 2017

Events taking place in Guildford and Surrey celebrating English Tourism Week

26 March to 2 April 2017 is English Tourism Week

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The English tourism sector touches everyone - visitors, residents, businesses and employees. It's one of the few sectors active in every part of the country. It's the third largest employer, every day supporting 2.6 million jobs and is a major employer of school leavers and young people and an incubator for entrepreneurs.

The visitor economy is worth £106bn a year to England supporting thousands of businesses and impacting on the performance of supplier industries including farming, transport, retailing, sport, museums and galleries, the theatre and other performing arts. Tourism cannot be offshored - it only happens here!

Guildford sees over 4,000,000 day visits each year.  In 2015, despite a fall in tourism value at regional level compared to 2014, Guildford held its own and saw growth of 1.4% in tourism value. Overall an estimated 347,000 staying trips were spent in Guildford in 2015 - 29% by overseas visitors and 71% by domestic visitors. Staying trips resulted in 1,354,000 visitor nights - an increase of 2.3% over 2014.  Staying visitors spent £93.4 million on their trip - up 2.5% on 2014.  In all tourism is worth £335.2 million of income to local businesses through direct and indirect expenditure.

In Guildford Tourism supports 4528 full time equivalent jobs - and as many of these jobs are part time or seasonal, the total number of jobs in tourism is 6185 - and this represents 8.6% of all employment in Guildford.

English Tourism Week, organised by Visit England aims to promote tourism in England and herald the start of the summer tourism season. You can find out more about English Tourism Week across the whole country at the English Tourism Week website

This spring, why not explore the best of English tourism that Guildford and Surrey has to offer - and to help you decide what to see, and where to visit, here is a list of events going on during English Tourism Week.  Do look out on social media for #ETW17 for more ideas.