Tourism is a key economic activity. Latest figures show that 2.1 million people are directly employed in tourism - some 7% of ALL people in employment in Great Britain. Our tourism industry consists of 127,000 businesses, 80% of which have a turnover of less than £250,000 per annum.
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CBSO / Adrian Burrows
According to the paper from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport:
"TOMORROW'S TOURISM - A growth industry for the new Millennium"
"Britain's tourism industry is big and growing bigger: it has accounted for one in six of all new jobs created in the last ten years; it is worth £53 billion a year... but our share of the world market is declining"