Newly published figures show that visitor numbers to North Kesteven rose by more than 100,000 in 2016 compared with the year before, with the local economy benefitting by a total of £126.65 million.
The STEAM Tourism impacts report for 2016 reveals that 2.426 million people visited the District, with 2.122 million of those spending the day here and 304,000 taking a short break, generating 823,000 nights in local accommodation.
This all helps to support 1,861 full-time equivalent jobs. Day visits generated £75 million for the local economy, with staying visitors adding to this by a further £51.16 million.
The results have been welcomed by North Kesteven District Council Leader, Councilllor Richard Wright, who said: “We know NK is a great place to visit and these figures are clear recognition of that.
“There is so much here for people to see and do, from aviation heritage and museums to heritage sites and nature parks – there is something for all members of the family to enjoy.
“Based in the heart of Bomber County, we know that aviation heritage is a unique draw and I’m certain this will continue with the opening of the International Bomber Command Centre’s Chadwick Centre in 2018, which we’ve been supportive of since its inception and only last year donated £200,000 to help unlock further funding for its completion.
“We’ve recently invested in the Natural World Centre at Whisby, creating a new Otter’s Reach play area for smaller children to enjoy and improving Little Darters for those a little bigger.
“Work is continuing to restore Mrs Smith’s Cottage in Navenby and once this has re-opened in 2019 I’m sure it will be welcoming visitors from far and wide.
“The contribution this all makes to the local economy cannot be underestimated and it’s vital that jobs are created and supported as the District continues to grow.
“Overall, we’re incredibly pleased to see that more people are continuing to visit North Kesteven and enjoying all it has to offer.”