Tourism booming in county

TOURISM in Suffolk is booming despite the Ipswich red light killings and outbreak of bird flu in the county, it has emerged.Visitor numbers to the region rose six per cent between January and March this year despite the sombre events of the previous months.

TOURISM in Suffolk is booming despite the Ipswich red light killings and outbreak of bird flu in the county, it has emerged.

Visitor numbers to the region rose six per cent between January and March this year despite the sombre events of the previous months.

Tourism chiefs say the early growth could signal a bumper year for East Anglia and are predicting further increases in visitor numbers.

The figures were revealed in a snapshot survey commissioned by tourism organisation VisitBritain.

Tourism bosses in Suffolk welcomed the news.

Scott Dolling, head of tourism at the Suffolk Development Agency, said: “Despite the news agenda that dominated earlier in the year, visitors seem very positive about Suffolk as a tourist destination and anecdotally numbers are good.

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“This year there appears to be an increased interest in UK holidays and despite the current weather, a long dry summer has been predicted.”

VisitBritain said the first quarter of the year was significantly warmer than average, which could have played a part in boosting visitor numbers.