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Isle of Man tourism numbers sink to lowest in a decade

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Tourism numbers for the Isle of Man have reached the lowest in a decade, according to the latest Cabinet Office 2017 Passenger Survey.

Nearly nine per cent (8.7%) fewer people came to the island in 2017 than the previous year - totalling to 266,850.

The survey also highlighted:

  • Total scheduled passenger departures increased over the year to 687,981 in 2017, compared with 675,048 in 2016.
  • After holding steady from 2015 to 2016, the number of non-business visitors staying in paid accommodation decreased in 2017 by 3.6% to 129,860.
  • The average length of stay of visitors to the Island (including business visitors) was estimated at 5.1 nights, which is a 2.6% increase compared with 2016.
  • Despite lower overall visitor numbers, the estimated total expenditure by visitors to the Island during 2017 increased by 5.6% to £112.6 million, and average visitor spend increased by 23.4% to £448.

  • During 2017 the proportion of visitors from the North West of England (28.8%) was comparable to 2016, although the proportion of visitors from the South East declined slightly. Visitors from outside the UK and Ireland continue to increase.

  • The majority of residents leaving the Island were either travelling to the North West of England (36.1%) or outside of the UK and Ireland (27.0%).

Department for Enterprise Minister Laurence Skelly MHK Credit: tynwald.org.im

Last year the island's Department for Enterprise (previously Dep. for Economic Development) set-out an initiative to increase tourism numbers between 2016-2020.

However the recent survey findings have made the Enterprise minister committed to addressing the issues highlighted.

The full report can be found here.