Tourism in Doncaster is bucking the national downward trend according to new figures released by Doncaster Council.
In Doncaster, overall visits to attractions across the borough were up 11% for the first 9 months of the 2013/14 financial year. Meanwhile the national picture looks quite different. The most recent figures from Visit England show the total visits to attractions are down 1% nationally.
Top performing attractions from April to December 2013 included the Yorkshire Wildlife Park - up 25%, Doncaster Minster - up 23% and Conisbrough Castle - up 25% until it closed for construction of the new visitor centre in August.
Doncaster Council's own Cusworth Hall also enjoyed a 129% increase in visitors after it became a free attraction for families to visit once again last April.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: "Tourism is a key area for Doncaster in terms of jobs and growth. I am delighted to see visitor numbers continuing to increase as well as the borough's profile as a destination.
"The success of Doncaster's tourism industry is a true partnership between our fantastic attractions in the private sector - aided by investment, tourism, marketing and events support from Doncaster Council."