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Overseas visitors to Devon at record high

By HEdawnellis  |  Posted: May 24, 2014

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A local MP has welcomed statistics that show more foreign visitors came to Devon last year than any other year since figures were first recorded in 2006.

536,000 international tourists spent £259 million during their stays in Devon, representing a 38 per cent rise in visitors compared with 2012. This far exceeded the national average increase of three per cent over the same period.

Central Devon MP Mel Stride attended a meeting with VisitBritain, the national tourism agency funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and heard the statistics.and discussed ways in which tourism can be better promoted within his constituency.

“Devon is a truly remarkable tourist destination with spectacular beaches, unspoilt countryside and more listed buildings than any other county in the UK,” he said.

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“It was good to meet with VisitBritain – the organisation responsible for promoting Britain worldwide – to learn more about how the UK is promoted internationally as well as specifically discuss how Devon is marketed.

“Clearly the county is producing the goods and international visitors are voting with their feet.”

Popular tourist destinations in Mr Stride’s Central Devon constituency include Dartmoor National Park, the South Devon Railway, Buckfast Abbey and Canonteign Falls – the highest waterfall in England.

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  • peak3  |  May 24 2014, 6:32PM

    this is all well & good for the coffers of devon. the infiltration of foreign teenage students who inflict & take over public bus transport in torquay, paignton, brixham & dartmouth is horrendous in the summertime & something has to be done about this & the number 12 newton abbot bus service is the main culprit for the plague which includes ignorance & darn right social hindrance for the local people. on one occasion a rush of foreign students in groups of 20/30 burst on to a number 12 bus service only for the bus driver to evacuate the bottom half so that two people could get off first, who were sat down towards the back. this I have seen time & time again & many times local people cant even get on this service especially mothers with children or disabled people. as always it is a privatised bus service & the local council cant do anything about this situation because of this fact as I was told two years ago by Torbay council but thought I would comment.

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