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%).
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.