Heritage That Ensures a Bright Future for Tourism in the Region

The Journal (Newcastle, England), September 29, 2016 | Go to article overview

Heritage That Ensures a Bright Future for Tourism in the Region


Byline: Tony Henderson Reporter tony.henderson@ncjmedia.com

THE billion-pound value of heritage to the North East economy has been calculated.

The value of the sector to the region is revealed in Historic England's Heritage Counts 2016 report, which draws on the latest research figures.

Heritage tourism generated an annual spend of PS484m by domestic and international visitors in the region.

But heritage is worth PS1bn in GVA (gross value added) to the regional economy when indirect and linked factors are included.

GVA is the measure of the value of goods and services produced in an area, industry or sector of the economy.

More than 9,300 people are directly employed in heritage in the North East and Tees Valley.

This rises to 18,700 when taking into account jobs linked indirectly to the heritage field.

Repair and maintenance of historic buildings in the North East and Tees Valley was also worth PS237m to the construction sector in 2015.

This is 20% of the repair and maintenance output in the region.

In total, it is estimated that there were 630,000 domestic overnight trips, 7.5m domestic day trips and 240,000 international visits to the North East and Tees Valley in 2014.

Domestic overnight stays accounted for PS122m in heritage-related spending, day trips PS251m and international visitors PS111m.

North East people value their regional heritage, with domestic day visits providing 52% of the heritage spend - almost twice the national average.

There is plenty of choice. The region has two world heritage sites in Durham Cathedral and Castle and Hadrian's Wall, with its visitor attraction forts of Arbeia at South Shields and Segedunum in Wallsend and, in Northumberland, Corbridge Roman Town, Chesters fort, Housesteads, Vindolanda, and Birdoswald. …

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