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Le Tour tripled advance camping and caravan bookings

Bookings for camping and caravan sites across Yorkshire tripled as a result of this year's Tour de France.

A report released today showed the event generated £102 million for the county's economy.

Simon McGrath, editor of Camping and Caravanning Magazine says statistics show that advance bookings to their sites went up by more than 300 per cent:

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Le Tour bosses 'delighted' with economic benefits

Le Tour bosses 'delighted' with economic benefits

We’re absolutely delighted the event brought so much money to the county to help businesses big and small, and there are benefits for the county which are impossible to measure - the profile of Yorkshire around the world has never been higher and this will have a lasting impact on visitor numbers and businesses for years and years to come.

– Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity

The three opening stages of the 2014 Tour de France confirmed the UK’s reputation for staging world-class sporting events with a world-class level of organisational flair. It was a great privilege to have been part of it.

– Chair of TdFHUB2014 Ltd Sir Rodney Walker

The three UK stages set a new standard not just in terms of the amazing support but also because it inspired so many people, young and old, to get on their bikes.

– President of British Cycling Bob Howden

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Tour de France report: Key figures

A report out today shows that le Grand Départ generated over £100 million for Yorkshire's economy.

Some of the key findings are listed below, revealing the social and economic benefits found for the county:

Revellers enjoy the buildup to the race
  • Over the course of the three days the race was watched at the roadside by a total crowd of 4.8million
  • The race was watched in person by approximately one in four people in the whole of Yorkshire and the Humber region
  • The event attracted 113,000 visitors from outside the UK, generating £33m into the UK economy
  • The Tour provided £24.3m benefit to the accommodation sector in the host areas
  • 18.6million people followed the race on television or on other devices in the UK
  • 92 per cent of spectators who watched the Yorkshire stages felt the Tour had been positive for the region, as well as 79% of those who attended stage 3
  • The Yorkshire Festival 2014, the first of its kind, saw more than 800,000 people attend more than 2,000 performances of arts and culture in the 100 days leading up to the Grand Départ
  • The official website letouryorkshire.com received two million visits during the week of the Tour starting, with over eight million page views
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Grand Depart gave region a £102m economic boost

A report out today on the economic and social impact of this summer's Tour De France's Grand Depart , which started in Leeds and went through West, North and South Yorkshire over two days, will reveal that it produced a £102 million boost for Yorkshire.

Around two and half million spectators lined the route over the first two days.

Tour De France Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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Tour de France in Gateshead, 'anything is possible'

Gateshead council float plans to host a stage of Le Tour de France Credit: DAVID STOCKMAN/Belga/Press Association Images

The world’s greatest cyclists could one day race through the streets of Gateshead as the council float plans to host a stage of Le Tour de France.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Leader of Gateshead Council, Mick Henry, said:

“I’m particularly keen that we get to host European Athletics and events like the Tour de France and the Commonwealth Games are very worthwhile.

"I genuinely believe that if we put our minds to it, anything and everything in Gateshead is possible.”

Gateshead hopes to host Tour de France

Gateshead could host a stage of the tour. Credit: PA Images

Councillors in Gateshead have suggested putting the borough forward as the host of the grand depart of the Tour de France.

It's part of the council's cultural strategy for the area, which council members aim to achieve by 2030.

Supporters say hosting a stage of the prestigious cycling contest would provide a massive economic and cultural boost for Gateshead as well as the rest of the North East.

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