Displaying items by tag: aquatic tourism
New figures out today from British Marine, the leading trade association for the UK leisure marine industry, highlight how the marine sector has created close to £6bn in sales from boating-related tourism expenditure in 2018, a 65% growth since 2013. In 2018, the average boating and watersport tourist spent just over £47 a day for fun out on the water, an increase from £45.70 in 2013. Londoners and those from the South East, South West and the Midlands spent the most on boating-related tourism.
- Boating related tourism has created 62,200 new jobs in five years.
- Direct boating tourism adds more to the UK economy than film, agriculture, forestry and fishing industries individually.
- The sector has created close to £6bn in sales from boating-related tourism, a 65% growth since 2013.
These boating related tourism sales contributed over £6bn in Gross Value Added (GVA) to the UK economy, a 68% growth since 2013. Of the subsectors within boating tourism,hire, charter and training contributed the most GVA (£132 million) to the UK economy. This can be attributed to increased spending on leisure activities as wealth and disposable incomes rose following the UK’s recovery from the financial crisis.
Direct boating tourism contributes more GVA to the UK economy than other sectors individually including the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry, and motion picture and television programme production.
Britain’s boating tourism sector supports 158,000 jobs across UK leisure, marine and tourism businesses and their supply chains. The industry has created 62,000 more jobs since 2013. For every job directly employed in the boating tourism sector, there are an additional 15 jobs supported in the wider economy through the direct and indirect effects of expenditure of boaters and boating tourism businesses. Employment is the highest in the South East, London, South West and West Midlands. Together, these regions account for over half (54%) of direct and indirect jobs in the British marine sector.
Nigel Hamilton, Chair of British Marine Tourism, said: “Boating related tourism is a very diverse segment of the UK tourism market, reflecting a wide range of budgets, types of craft and holiday experiences. This report illustrates the varied and substantial economic contribution to a thriving UK boating tourism sector gives to local communities across Britain demonstrates the great potential for further industry growth.”
Lesley Robinson, CEO at British Marine, added: “The depreciation of the sterling since the Brexit vote has helped this success by promoting domestic and inbound tourism. As the hire, charter and training markets expand, we look forward to seeing even more people getting out onto the water!”
Boating tourism businesses have enjoyed consistent growth since the EU referendum, benefitting from the increased attraction of UK holidays resulting from a weakened pound. Amongst our members, businesses confidence remains positive, with a net rating score of +16%, an improvement of +3% since the referendum.
#AQUATIC TOURISM – The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Traditional Boat Festival has won the Best Cultural Event category in the regional finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards. The awards, organised by Visit Scotland celebrate excellence in the Scottish tourism industry. The annual maritime event will now be shortlisted for the national Scottish Thistle Awards, held in November.
Roger Goodyear, chairman of Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Traditional Boat Festival says, "Winning this award reflects the hard work and excellent efforts of our team of volunteers who are responsible for making the festival happen each year. With only a few weeks until the 19th annual event, which takes place on June 23 and 24, organisation is in full swing and this year's event is set to be exceptional. The festival will make history by playing host to the biggest ever St Ayles skiff coastal rowing regatta, with teams from the Hebrides to Tyne and Wear taking part. Every year we aim to raise the bar and truly deliver on our promise to be an event offering something for everyone and winning this award is true recognition of this and has provided a real boost to the team behind it.
"We are looking forward to the national awards and it would be fantastic to take this accolade back to Portsoy and share it with the local community, without who's support, the event would not be where it is today."
#TOURISM - Germany's top travel writers were invited to Cork recently to sample some of the best water-based activities the county has to offer.
As InsideIreland.ie reports, the group followed an itinerary designed by Fáilte Ireland that included seaweed picking by kayak near Skibbereen, a coastal walk along the Seven Heads Peninsula and whale watching off Baltimore.
"Germany is a priority market," said Zoe Redmond of Tourism Ireland, which invited the group to Cork.
“Fact-finding visits like this are very important; they are a really effective way for us to get positive exposure for Ireland through the media in Germany, helping us to showcase the superb tourism product on offer in this part of Ireland to thousands of potential German holidaymakers," she added.
InsideIreland.ie has more on the story HERE.
#TOURISM - Winter might be upon us, but it's a great time to plan a new year holiday in Ireland on the sea, according to the UK's Daily Echo.
From night-time paddling in with renowned kayaking instructor Jim Kennedy, to snorkelling in Baltimore, relaxing in Skibbereen and and fresh seafood lunches in Kinsale, a vacation in Cork can appeal to any taste.
Whale and dolphin watching is a big draw for the region, too, as Ireland's coast – the first cetacean sanctuary in Europe - plays host to a growing variety of species.
The summer feeding grounds off the southern coast are particularly busy, and tourist boats are often treated to whales breaching the surface and surrounded by dolphins putting on a show.
The Daily Echo has more on the story HERE.
#LEARN TO SAIL - Charter yacht trip firm GoSailing.ie is weathering the recession, as the Sunday Business Post reports.
The venture - which provides daily and corporate yacht excursions since setting up in 2000 - reacted to a shortfall in customers due to the changing ecomonic climate by relocating from Westport to Dun Laoghaire marina, where business has been brisk.
Aaron O'Grady, a veteran of the Irish Olympic sailing squad, started the business with his father Pauric, the duo investing in a 54-foot yacht The Explorer to run sailing trips off the Mayo coast, helping novices learn to sail.
They later teamed up with business manager Bref Kennedy, who says that the recreational sailing business has plenty of room to grow.
"Our main goals are trying to break the perception of sailing that pervades in Ireland and also to introduce people to the exciting world of sailing on the extremely under-used and beautiful coastline that exists right on our doorstep," said Kennedy.
GoSailing is also the only company providing a charter yacht service on the east coast, according to Kennedy, which is "amazing considering we are an island nation".
Charter yachting trips around Dublin Bay, Killiney Bay and Dalkey Sound typically go for around €35 a head for groups of 12. For more details visit GoSailing.ie.
#AQUATIC TOURISM - Water-based activities from kayaking to surfing to diving have a "huge potential" for Irish tourism.
That was the message from Fáilte Ireland's Outdoor Adventure and Activity Forum in Westport, Co Mayo this week, The Irish Times reports.
Figures announced at the forum showed that angling tourism accounted for €58 million in revenue, while surfing attracted 52,000 visitors - a low number considering Ireland's growing reputation in the sport.
Fáilte Ireland's Brian Maher said that the agency is working on a new strategy for aquatic tourism to take advantage of Ireland's potential in the area, aiming to develop activities from angling to cruising and sailing to surfing.
“One of Ireland’s great strengths has been in angling," he said. "There is still tremendous potential there for that core group of anglers.
"It is incumbent on us to develop this and other water-based activities properly because there is so much potential there.”