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The Purple Pound. Volume and Value of Accessible Tourism in England


VisitEngland logoAn infographic presentation of visitor survey data from VisitEngland, 2009 - 2013, showing the visitor numbers (volume) and spend (value) of 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. 

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Breakdown of trips by types of impairments

VE breakdown of trips by impairments


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General Information

Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose
Language(s): EN


Publisher: VisitEngland
Date published on the web: 20/10/2014


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