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Isle of Man reports seventh consecutive year of increased leisure visitors

12 February 2016

The Department of Economic Development has responded to the latest Isle of Man passenger survey which revealed a 6.5% increase in leisure visitors to the Island in 2015, rising to 134,610, the seventh consecutive annual increase.

David Cretney MLC, the Department’s Member with responsibility for Tourism said:

‘It has been another great year for tourism in the Isle of Man following a continuous effort to promote the Island as a destination for UK travellers looking for a break away without going too far from home.

‘The results are testament to the sterling efforts of the public and private sector - led by the Department’s Tourism team and the Visitor Economy Strategic Group - working together in partnership to promote the Island and in improving the infrastructure for Tourism.'

The survey highlighted that:

• The number of non-business visitors staying in paid accommodation (tourists) increased by 6.5% during 2015 to 134,610.

• The total number of visitors including business and non-business during 2015 increased by 3.8% to 287,534.

• The average length of stay of visitors to the island (including business visitors) was estimated at 5.5 nights, which is a small increase compared with 2014.

• Estimated total expenditure by visitors to the Island during 2015 was £108.8m, and on average visitors spent £378 per visit.

The survey is available on the Government website while paper copies can be obtained from the Tynwald Library.

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