Tourism’s £343m boost for town

BOLTON’S booming tourism industry made £343 million for the town’s economy.

The latest figures from Scarborough Tourism Economic Activity Monitor (STEAM) revealed tourism profits rose by two per cent in 2011, compared to 2010.

And things look set to get even better for the town as Bolton’s Food Festival, which takes place annually over the August Bank Holiday, and Ironman are among the town’s key attractions.

The food festival, which includes celebrity chef demonstrations, has attracted nearly 100,000 people over the past two years.

Ironman brought in almost £2.7 million to Bolton’s economy last year. Organisers estimated athletes and visiting spectators spent £2,693,343 in the borough — a five per cent increase on 2011.

This year’s Ironman is also expected to be a success as the event is already fully subscribed — more than five months earlier than last year’s event.

Bolton’s Strongman attracted more than 1,000 people to watch competitors from across the country go head-to-head for the title.

The STEAM report showed 4,632 jobs in Bolton are supported by tourism, up by three per cent compared to 2010. Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris, said: "Tourism is important to our local economy.

“In 2011, 6.8 million visitors came to Bolton either on day trips or stayed overnight. The increase in people staying overnight is due to the Travelodge hotel in River Street, which opened in November, 2011. This private sector investment was a show of confidence in the town centre.

“We're delighted Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive was the seventh most visited attraction in Greater Manchester in 2011. The exhibition programme was particularly popular with exhibitions Fakes and Forgeries and Nat Lofthouse: A Celebration, attracting visitor figures of 10,000 and 30,000 respectively.

“Times are difficult but what these figures do show is despite the tough economic conditions people are still coming to Bolton.

The Olympic torch is expected to have an impact on last year’s figures as thousands of people filled the town centre and Queens Park.

Figures for the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester show, from 2010 to 2011, the number of people employed in the industry rose from 77,000 to 81,000.

Tourism in Greater Manchester brought in an extra £400 million, bringing the total to £6.2 billion in 2011.

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9:04am Fri 1 Feb 13

steveG says...

Silly seasons started.
Silly seasons started. steveG
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9:18am Fri 1 Feb 13

saj70n says...

pull the other one
pull the other one saj70n
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9:29am Fri 1 Feb 13

BWFC71 says...

PR overdrive has started.....

I noticed that the figures were not broken down as to number of football supporters, day-trippersa, people visiting family or gof-forbid people actually coming to Bolton to see the "major" attractions.

I suspect that the figures are askewed by football fans coming to the town to watch matches at the Reebok - which, to be fair, is not a major tourist attraction and is just a football fan following their team.

What are the official figures for spending in Grosvenor Properites Market Place? The figures for visiting Hall I'th Wood, Smithills Hall, The Open Market, The Last Drop Village, Octagon Theatre, Iron Man event, Food and Drink event and even the multi-religious events or even for shopping and just for a night out drinking!!!

The figures are also askewed due to the fact of inflation and no matter how many people do come to the town the amount of money coming into the town will increase due to this single fact!
PR overdrive has started..... I noticed that the figures were not broken down as to number of football supporters, day-trippersa, people visiting family or gof-forbid people actually coming to Bolton to see the "major" attractions. I suspect that the figures are askewed by football fans coming to the town to watch matches at the Reebok - which, to be fair, is not a major tourist attraction and is just a football fan following their team. What are the official figures for spending in Grosvenor Properites Market Place? The figures for visiting Hall I'th Wood, Smithills Hall, The Open Market, The Last Drop Village, Octagon Theatre, Iron Man event, Food and Drink event and even the multi-religious events or even for shopping and just for a night out drinking!!! The figures are also askewed due to the fact of inflation and no matter how many people do come to the town the amount of money coming into the town will increase due to this single fact! BWFC71
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9:49am Fri 1 Feb 13

buskersball says...

nearly 7 million 'tourists'? Thats more than Paris! In fact its more than Greece!!!! Hahaha!
I'd like to know how many of these are people who make the daily journey from outlying towns (like Atherton, Bury etc) to work in the town (and indeed for Bolton MBC.?
nearly 7 million 'tourists'? Thats more than Paris! In fact its more than Greece!!!! Hahaha! I'd like to know how many of these are people who make the daily journey from outlying towns (like Atherton, Bury etc) to work in the town (and indeed for Bolton MBC.? buskersball
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11:34am Fri 1 Feb 13

marco999 says...

I don't believe a word of it! Who the hell in their right mind would want to visit Bolton as a tourist? What do they come to see? The pawn shops, charity shops and pound shops? The litter in the streets, the great ghettoes and no go areas? The ailing and dirty market? The boarded up pubs? Pull the other one. Right, that's all I have time for today - I'm off to book my annual two weeks holiday in Wigan.
I don't believe a word of it! Who the hell in their right mind would want to visit Bolton as a tourist? What do they come to see? The pawn shops, charity shops and pound shops? The litter in the streets, the great ghettoes and no go areas? The ailing and dirty market? The boarded up pubs? Pull the other one. Right, that's all I have time for today - I'm off to book my annual two weeks holiday in Wigan. marco999
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12:25pm Fri 1 Feb 13

John Edwards says...

It does not say how much of this revenue is due to parking fines. Rubbish I call it.
It does not say how much of this revenue is due to parking fines. Rubbish I call it. John Edwards
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2:53pm Fri 1 Feb 13

sandra hayes says...

What a load of tripe !! If its true which we all know its not where does the money go certainly not Farnworth.
What a load of tripe !! If its true which we all know its not where does the money go certainly not Farnworth. sandra hayes
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3:47pm Fri 1 Feb 13

BWFC71 says...

marco999 wrote:
I don't believe a word of it! Who the hell in their right mind would want to visit Bolton as a tourist? What do they come to see? The pawn shops, charity shops and pound shops? The litter in the streets, the great ghettoes and no go areas? The ailing and dirty market? The boarded up pubs? Pull the other one. Right, that's all I have time for today - I'm off to book my annual two weeks holiday in Wigan.
Wigan!!! I can only affford to get to Atherton this year, and for only 1 week.
[quote][p][bold]marco999[/bold] wrote: I don't believe a word of it! Who the hell in their right mind would want to visit Bolton as a tourist? What do they come to see? The pawn shops, charity shops and pound shops? The litter in the streets, the great ghettoes and no go areas? The ailing and dirty market? The boarded up pubs? Pull the other one. Right, that's all I have time for today - I'm off to book my annual two weeks holiday in Wigan.[/p][/quote]Wigan!!! I can only affford to get to Atherton this year, and for only 1 week. BWFC71
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4:33pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Chrome1 says...

My aunty from London came down to visit us late last year. There was a guy with a clipboard monitoring her us she pulled up to the drive way.
He had a bi, big smile on his face. Tourism was booming!!!!
My aunty from London came down to visit us late last year. There was a guy with a clipboard monitoring her us she pulled up to the drive way. He had a bi, big smile on his face. Tourism was booming!!!! Chrome1
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4:34pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Hulton Park says...

So - Bolton scooped 5.5% of the total for Greater Manchester. It has 9.9% of the population.

is "Visit Manchester" - the quango our council tax pays for, but which overwhelmingly works for Manchester - really helping us, or is it doing what it says on the tin?
So - Bolton scooped 5.5% of the total for Greater Manchester. It has 9.9% of the population. is "Visit Manchester" - the quango our council tax pays for, but which overwhelmingly works for Manchester - really helping us, or is it doing what it says on the tin? Hulton Park
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4:43pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Chrome1 says...

One thing that intruigues me, tourism brought in £343 million!!!!!
How on earth do you come up with a figure like that? A third of a Billion pounds? So if you took tourism (whatever that is in Bolton) away you would lose a third of a billion pounds?
I am going to put my neck out her, I think the Bolton News is talking c***.
One thing that intruigues me, tourism brought in £343 million!!!!! How on earth do you come up with a figure like that? A third of a Billion pounds? So if you took tourism (whatever that is in Bolton) away you would lose a third of a billion pounds? I am going to put my neck out her, I think the Bolton News is talking c***. Chrome1
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11:23pm Fri 1 Feb 13

danssoncabaret says...

If tourists read the article in the Bolton News about the bewildered train spotter they will flock to Bolton!!!
If tourists read the article in the Bolton News about the bewildered train spotter they will flock to Bolton!!! danssoncabaret
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10:42am Sat 2 Feb 13

genesis22 says...

absolute garbage ! the figures are hypothetical nonsense, I would be surprised if tourism generated a 10th of the figure. Taken in isolation It is claimed the iron man competition raised £2.7 million, how? and on what ? with an audience of 1000 people they would have to spend an average £2,700 per person - i think not, more like £200 at best. Where do they get a figure of 4,500 jobs supported by tourism ? I dont think there are that many jobs in Bolton as a whole, utter garbage. Before anything else, it is only profit on turnover that generates a financial benefit, rendering any figures issued as pointless and missleading. The Bolton News must examine its ethics, investigating the truth, determining the facts before printing a story is what journalism stands for, churning out patronising propaganda utterly devoid of credible empirical evidence is nothing short of disgraceful ineptitude. Readers have a right to see its local paper test the validity of claims made by local political leaders, Councillor Cliff Morris might be used to insulting his own intelligence, but Bolton News is not a puppy dog servant of the labour party and should not willingly act as as a vehicle to peddle this ridiculous feel good propaganda without questioning its credibility. The public are not stupid, we know the town is a complete mess, it is bankrupt, spiralling ever downwards as a benefit ridden, immigrant ridden backwater, smell the coffee, there is no future growth or rebirth on the horizon. the labour party cannot hide from its own stupid senseless destructive policies - open your eyes and look around you, the town is in decay like rotting dead wood
absolute garbage ! the figures are hypothetical nonsense, I would be surprised if tourism generated a 10th of the figure. Taken in isolation It is claimed the iron man competition raised £2.7 million, how? and on what ? with an audience of 1000 people they would have to spend an average £2,700 per person - i think not, more like £200 at best. Where do they get a figure of 4,500 jobs supported by tourism ? I dont think there are that many jobs in Bolton as a whole, utter garbage. Before anything else, it is only profit on turnover that generates a financial benefit, rendering any figures issued as pointless and missleading. The Bolton News must examine its ethics, investigating the truth, determining the facts before printing a story is what journalism stands for, churning out patronising propaganda utterly devoid of credible empirical evidence is nothing short of disgraceful ineptitude. Readers have a right to see its local paper test the validity of claims made by local political leaders, Councillor Cliff Morris might be used to insulting his own intelligence, but Bolton News is not a puppy dog servant of the labour party and should not willingly act as as a vehicle to peddle this ridiculous feel good propaganda without questioning its credibility. The public are not stupid, we know the town is a complete mess, it is bankrupt, spiralling ever downwards as a benefit ridden, immigrant ridden backwater, smell the coffee, there is no future growth or rebirth on the horizon. the labour party cannot hide from its own stupid senseless destructive policies - open your eyes and look around you, the town is in decay like rotting dead wood genesis22
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11:39am Sat 2 Feb 13

arrian says...

the only time i go to Bolton is to visit my bank, and if all these 'tourists' were in Bolton, the cyclists and skate boarders that congregate in the Town hall Square wouldn't be able to go a few inches, never mind all over the square. think someone's been dreaming again! 6.8 million? that was probably the pigeons on the Town Hall roof!
the only time i go to Bolton is to visit my bank, and if all these 'tourists' were in Bolton, the cyclists and skate boarders that congregate in the Town hall Square wouldn't be able to go a few inches, never mind all over the square. think someone's been dreaming again! 6.8 million? that was probably the pigeons on the Town Hall roof! arrian
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3:03pm Sat 2 Feb 13

danssoncabaret says...

I absolutly agree with everything genisis22 said in the letter above.This council are a bunch of deluded hypocrites who just can't go on justifying their jobs with hype while screwing us to the ground and cutting till the pips squeak.
I absolutly agree with everything genisis22 said in the letter above.This council are a bunch of deluded hypocrites who just can't go on justifying their jobs with hype while screwing us to the ground and cutting till the pips squeak. danssoncabaret
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4:03pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Beyond News Forum says...

genesis22 wrote:
absolute garbage ! the figures are hypothetical nonsense, I would be surprised if tourism generated a 10th of the figure. Taken in isolation It is claimed the iron man competition raised £2.7 million, how? and on what ? with an audience of 1000 people they would have to spend an average £2,700 per person - i think not, more like £200 at best. Where do they get a figure of 4,500 jobs supported by tourism ? I dont think there are that many jobs in Bolton as a whole, utter garbage. Before anything else, it is only profit on turnover that generates a financial benefit, rendering any figures issued as pointless and missleading. The Bolton News must examine its ethics, investigating the truth, determining the facts before printing a story is what journalism stands for, churning out patronising propaganda utterly devoid of credible empirical evidence is nothing short of disgraceful ineptitude. Readers have a right to see its local paper test the validity of claims made by local political leaders, Councillor Cliff Morris might be used to insulting his own intelligence, but Bolton News is not a puppy dog servant of the labour party and should not willingly act as as a vehicle to peddle this ridiculous feel good propaganda without questioning its credibility. The public are not stupid, we know the town is a complete mess, it is bankrupt, spiralling ever downwards as a benefit ridden, immigrant ridden backwater, smell the coffee, there is no future growth or rebirth on the horizon. the labour party cannot hide from its own stupid senseless destructive policies - open your eyes and look around you, the town is in decay like rotting dead wood
I couldn't have put it any better myself. Well said!
[quote][p][bold]genesis22[/bold] wrote: absolute garbage ! the figures are hypothetical nonsense, I would be surprised if tourism generated a 10th of the figure. Taken in isolation It is claimed the iron man competition raised £2.7 million, how? and on what ? with an audience of 1000 people they would have to spend an average £2,700 per person - i think not, more like £200 at best. Where do they get a figure of 4,500 jobs supported by tourism ? I dont think there are that many jobs in Bolton as a whole, utter garbage. Before anything else, it is only profit on turnover that generates a financial benefit, rendering any figures issued as pointless and missleading. The Bolton News must examine its ethics, investigating the truth, determining the facts before printing a story is what journalism stands for, churning out patronising propaganda utterly devoid of credible empirical evidence is nothing short of disgraceful ineptitude. Readers have a right to see its local paper test the validity of claims made by local political leaders, Councillor Cliff Morris might be used to insulting his own intelligence, but Bolton News is not a puppy dog servant of the labour party and should not willingly act as as a vehicle to peddle this ridiculous feel good propaganda without questioning its credibility. The public are not stupid, we know the town is a complete mess, it is bankrupt, spiralling ever downwards as a benefit ridden, immigrant ridden backwater, smell the coffee, there is no future growth or rebirth on the horizon. the labour party cannot hide from its own stupid senseless destructive policies - open your eyes and look around you, the town is in decay like rotting dead wood[/p][/quote]I couldn't have put it any better myself. Well said! Beyond News Forum
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3:15pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Mike23 says...

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Translation from the Suriname version of Lonely Planet....

Farnworth should be a must visit on any tourist's agenda when travelling around the UK.

No other place offers such a varied charity & takeaway shopping experience.

Take a ride on our unusual transport network, have a look at our minimal choice of night time entertainments and public houses.

Have a good laugh at our market centre, which really has been replaced by supermarkets. If mass corporate, convenience shopping is your thing, then you will be well catered for in this region.

Take a walk around our recreational area and look at the tennis club that was once there. Visit the famous Greg's Club, where Peter Kay filmed his fantastic series. Also, have a look at the wonderful remains of St Gregory's church opposite.

Also, high upon the "must see do" activities in Farnworth is hunt the butcher/baker/fishmo
nger/candlestickmake
r...a wonderful game which will test and occupy you for hours.

When your exhausted with that, why not have a laid back walk around the once, famed Farnworth Park. If you go into the library across the road first, look at the old photos, then try and imagine what it used to look like with flowers, trees, well maintained grassland and popular bandstand area.

Visiting such a rich, diverse town such as Farnworth will leave you with wonderful memories, that you can take back with you, to your poor, third world environment, just off the Carribean sea.
******************** ******************** ******STOP PRESS STOP PRESS*************** ******************** ******************** ******************** * Translation from the Suriname version of Lonely Planet.... Farnworth should be a must visit on any tourist's agenda when travelling around the UK. No other place offers such a varied charity & takeaway shopping experience. Take a ride on our unusual transport network, have a look at our minimal choice of night time entertainments and public houses. Have a good laugh at our market centre, which really has been replaced by supermarkets. If mass corporate, convenience shopping is your thing, then you will be well catered for in this region. Take a walk around our recreational area and look at the tennis club that was once there. Visit the famous Greg's Club, where Peter Kay filmed his fantastic series. Also, have a look at the wonderful remains of St Gregory's church opposite. Also, high upon the "must see do" activities in Farnworth is hunt the butcher/baker/fishmo nger/candlestickmake r...a wonderful game which will test and occupy you for hours. When your exhausted with that, why not have a laid back walk around the once, famed Farnworth Park. If you go into the library across the road first, look at the old photos, then try and imagine what it used to look like with flowers, trees, well maintained grassland and popular bandstand area. Visiting such a rich, diverse town such as Farnworth will leave you with wonderful memories, that you can take back with you, to your poor, third world environment, just off the Carribean sea. Mike23
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