Olympics Praised For Tourism Boost
8:36am 19th August 2013
(Updated 7:18pm 19th August 2013)
Tourism in West Dorset and Weymouth's particularly benefiting from 'staycations' and increased foreign visitor numbers.
Tourism chiefs in Weymouth says higher visitor numbers, especially from abroad, is the legacy from holding the 2012 Olympic sailing events in the borough.
Holidaymakers from abroad are up 4 per cent nationally in the first six months of 2013 compared with last year.
Ian Bruce, who's tourism brief holder for the borough, says their stats are better than that!
He's putting down the success not only to the natural gift of a sandy beach, open seas, the Jurassic coast and beautiful countryside, but to the range of activities on offer as diverse as sailing and diving, to more than 200 specific events put on throughout the summer.
He says while investment in roads getting traffic in and out of Weymouth and Portland has also helped, there will always also be a place for the traditional 'bucket and spade' holidays, for which Weymouth has been famous for many years.