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Economic Development Minister disappointed by visitor spending drop

Mon, 20 Feb 2017

Economic Development Minister Laurence Skelly MHK
Economic Development Minister Laurence Skelly MHK

The Economic Development Minister admits that the drop in visitor spend last year is disappointing.

The Government's annual passenger survey revealed those coming to the Island spent £2.2m less in 2016 than the previous 12 months, despite more people coming to the Island.

Laurence Skelly believes the drop is down to visitors spending less on-Island rather than on hotels, as accommodation providers saw an 11% rise in income.

Mr Skelly insists the figures are still encouraging despite the lower spending, with visitor numbers growing for a third straight year.

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