1. ITV Report

Visitor numbers down in Guernsey

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The number of visitors travelling to Guernsey is has fallen in the first three months of this year.

The 15% drop has been attributed to bad weather from January to March.

The total numbers, which include cruise passengers and visiting yachtsmen, fell by over 5,000 compared with the same period last year.

The bad weather conditions this year have meant two cruise ships were cancelled, accounting for a 1,300 shortfall in number of passengers to the island.

Excluding cruise passengers and visiting yachtsmen, visitor numbers were down by more than 4,000 compared with 2017.

Total leisure visitors saw a decline of just over 2,000 people, whilst the total number of staying visitors declined by more than 3,000.

With lots of activity kicking off in April surrounding the release of “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” generating positive interest in the Island, as well as a number of exciting events taking place across the year... the rest of 2018 looks to be more promising for Guernsey’s tourism industry.”

– Mike Hopkins, Director of Guernsey Marketing and Tourism

The average length of stay on the island did increase though, visitors stayed 9% longer (4.44 nights compared to 4.09 nights in 2016).

Although the number of people visiting from the UK was down by over 4500, visitor numbers from France increased by 407 people.