The Purple Pound. Volume and Value of Accessible Tourism in England
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An infographic presentation of visitor survey data from VisitEngland, 2009 - 2013, showing the visitor numbers and spend related to the accessible tourism market.
Includes data on trips by groups where a member of the party has an impairment, showing numbers of:
- Day trips, 2013 (271 Million, £Billion 9.4)
- Domestic overnight trips, 2013 (14 Million, £Billion 2.7)
- Inbound trips, 2013 (0.6 Million, £Billion 0.3)
- Total trips in 2013 - (285.6 Million)
- Total spend in 2013 (£Billion 12.4)
- Average length of stay: 3.3 nights against 2.9 for All
- Average spend: £191 against £184 for All.
- Increase in visitor numbers since 2009 (+19%)
- Increase in value since 2009 (+33%)
Types of impairments reported - numbers and percentages
10% of all overnight visitors or 9.8 million visitors disclosed their type of impairment. The breakdown was as follows:
- Long-term illness: 4.6 million or 47%
- Mobility impairment (not wheelchair user): 2.42 million or 25%
- Deaf or partial hearing loss: 2.3 million or 24%
- Learning difficulties: 0.9% or 0.9 million
- Blind or partially-sighted: 0.75 million or 8%
- Mobility impaired (wheelchair user): 0.55 or 6%
Sources of statistics
GBTS - The Great Britain Tourism Survey, measures the volume and value of domestic overnight tourism in Great Britain.
GBDVS - The Great Britain Day Visits Survey, measures the volume and value of tourism day visits in Great Britain.
IPS - The International Passenger Survey measures the volume and value of inbound overnight trips to the UK.
Download the infographic document in PDF format from the right-hand panel.
Breakdown of trips by types of impairments
VisitEngland is an Associate Member of ENAT