In support of English Tourism week, I visited four key tourist sites in the constituency over the weekend.
I went to Scampston Hall, near Malton, Wayside Holiday Park, near Pickering, the Golden Square Caravan Park (Oswaldkirk) and Castle Howard on my tour around North Yorkshire. It was an absolute pleasure to re-visit a few of our many tourist hotspots. We are really spoiled in North Yorkshire as we have so much to offer visitors. Tourism is a huge industry here, employing thousands of people and bringing in millions to the local economy. There is something for everyone whether it’s for a day trip to the world famous Castle Howard or Scampston Hall, a regency country house stately home with its fabulous walled gardens or a longer stay in one of our great holiday parks like Wayside or Golden Square Caravan Park, an ideal location for walking and lodge holidays in North Yorkshire’s stunning landscape.
According to Welcome to Yorkshire “The latest figures show people visiting Yorkshire from abroad are continuing to spend more money in the county, as the region continues to outperform the rest of the UK when it comes to international tourism. £1.08 million was spent by overseas visitors in the first three quarters of 2018, a rise of almost 3 percent on the same period the previous year. The number of international visits during this time frame also increased by more than 1% to 436,000”.
VisitEngland Director Andrew Stokes said: “English Tourism Week, now in its eight year, is a fantastic opportunity to shout about the many hidden gems that England has to offer. Whether it is the contemporary culture in our vibrant cities, our countryside’s beautiful landscapes or our seaside destinations there is so much to see and do and we want as many people and businesses to get involved as possible. We really have had a fantastic week to look forward to in what is arguably the most exciting week of England’s tourism industry calendar, inspiring more Brits to explore England in springtime and throughout the summer as we celebrate our valuable industry, boosting its profile and acknowledging the hard-working people who go above and beyond for our visitors.”
Picture: Don and Barbara Armstrong and Jane Butler owners of Golden Square with Kevin Hollinrake MP