Leicestershire tourism valued at £1.4bn

The 'Old John' is one of the most iconic landmarks in Leicestershire Credit: PA

Tourism in Leicestershire was valued at £1.402bn in 2011 compared with £1.321bn in 2010.

The research, conducted by Scarborough Tourism Economic Activity Monitor (STEAM), found that there were 30.71 million tourist vists with 20,012 jobs supported by tourism.

Foxton Locks has a country park and a number of pubs Credit: PA

The research also showed a 9.65% increase in expenditure and revenue for the accommodation sector. A rise of £24 million to £247 million in 2011.

Bradgate Park is Leicestershire's largest country park Credit: PA