Welsh Tourism Supported 40,000 Jobs in the Last Year

Over 40,000 jobs were supported by the Welsh Labour Government in 2015/16, Welsh Labour’s Economy Secretary, Ken Skates, has announced.

The latest figures show the Welsh Government supported 5.3% more jobs in 2015/16 than  it did in 2014/15,  and  that in the last Assembly Term ( 2011 to 2016),  it supported nearly 150,000 jobs in total. 


Ken Skates also announced recording breaking tourism figures which show Wales attracted 10.45 million overnight visits from GB residents in 2015. This was 4.5% up on 2014 figures when the number of visitors exceeded 10 million for the first time. 

The figures show  GB overnight visitors spent  a total of nearly £2 billion in Wales in 2015, an increase of almost 14% on the previous year.  

The figures also show that that more British tourists than ever before are holidaying in Wales:

  • Overnight visitors to Wales from Britain beat 2014 record breaking figures - In 2015 Wales attracted a record 10.45 million overnight visits from GB residents, an increase of 4.5% from 2014, when the number of visitors exceeded 10 million for the first time.
  • The number of overseas visitors to Wales and the amount they spent increased in 2015 - the amount spent in Wales by those visitors last year was nearly £2 billion – up almost 14% on 2014.
  • Performance has also been excellent from overseas markets and the ONS International Passenger Survey shows that overseas trips to Wales were up 4% from 2014 to 970,000 while expenditure was up 11.4% to a record £410 million.
  • Wales’ newest visitor attraction - the Royal Mint Experience which was supported by £2.3 million of tourism funding from the Welsh Labour Government - has had a busy start since opening on 18 May and has welcomed more than 5,100 people.

These figures show that the Welsh Labour Government’s tourism strategy for Wales is working and creating the right conditions for growth our goal of growing the tourism industry by 10% by 2020.  

Employment in tourism in Wales has grown at a faster rate than tourism in the UK as a whole since 2006, and in the last ten years the number employed in Tourism has increased by 33,600, the second largest absolute growth in employment out of all of the priority sectors. 

Further details are available here.

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