Tourism hit by wet weather

TOURIST attractions in East Anglia saw visitor numbers plummet during the wettest June in 10 years, it has emerged. A survey published by Enjoy England shows poor weather and flooding had an impact on tourism during June, with attractions reporting a four per cent dip in visits.

TOURIST attractions in East Anglia saw visitor numbers plummet during the wettest June in 10 years, it has emerged.

A survey published by Enjoy England shows poor weather and flooding had an impact on tourism during June, with attractions reporting a four per cent dip in visits.

But overall, visits in the region rose 5pc between April and June (including a 10pc rise in May) and tourism bosses are expecting figures to show a marked improvement from July onwards.

The level of rainfall recorded in Suffolk in June was almost three times the average at 4.35inches and was the wettest since 1997.


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Jim Brown, project officer for Suffolk Development Agency, said: “The great weather we experienced in Suffolk around the Easter period really did provide a reason to be optimistic, however, this summer's weather was generally poor which didn't inspire people to get out and explore.

“We must also take into consideration interest rate rises, which directly affects leisure spending.

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“As a result of the poor weather and the flooding, which occurred in the West Country, since October Enjoy England has been working on a campaign promoting visits to the countryside during the autumn/winter period.”

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