‘Doom-mongers’ proven wrong – official figures show Brighton and Hove is growing in popularity as a tourist destination


Train at Brighton station
Pic: Gatwick Express at Brighton station

Leading Green politicians have applauded the news that Brighton & Hove attracted 50,000 more overnight tourists last year and is now the eighth most popular city destination in the UK, up one place from 2012.

Statistics from the Office for National Statistics show that 409,000 visitors chose the city for a stay of at least one night in 2013 – up by more than 50,000 from 2012.

The city retains its place as the top seaside resort for overnight stays.

Jason KitcatLeader of Brighton & Hove City Council Jason Kitcat said, “Strengthening our position and retaining the mantle of top seaside resort in the UK for overnight stays is terrific news for everyone in the city, its businesses and workers.

“It counters all the doom-mongers that Brighton and Hove had lost out and that people were staying away because of concerns over transport or prices.

“With 50,000 more overnight visitors in 2013, the approach of the Green-led council to reinvigorate the city with major transport infrastructure improvements is paying off.

“Even more people now like coming here. They are prepared to pay for quality and for proximity to the capital, the variety of our attractions and the buzz for which we are renowned.

“We are also fortunate to have such a talented and hard working business community that has built a resilient local economy, one that is strongly based on leisure and tourism yet is also diversifying in other ways.

“There is always more work to do, especially on ensuring living wages for workers in the hotel and leisure industries, and we certainly won’t take anything for granted.

“However it is another indicator that our successful city is becoming a greener and more attractive place for people who live and work here, as well as for tourists.”


For more information please contact Brighton and Hove Green Party office on 01273 766 670.

The over night stay figures during the Green administration term so far for overnight stays:

2013 – 409,000

2012 – 345,000

2011 – 304,000

ONS Data for Figure 8: Top 20 UK towns visited for at least one night, 2013
Visits (thousands)
Edinburgh 1,303
Manchester 988
Birmingham 941
Liverpool 562
Glasgow 515
Oxford 456
Bristol 428
Brighton/Hove 409
Cambridge 404
Leeds 299
Cardiff 297
Bath 283
York 271
Nottingham 247
Aberdeen 241
Inverness 226
Southampton 218
Newcastle-upon-Tyne 201
Reading 193
Canterbury 177
Min: 177
Max: 1,303
Source: Office For National Statistics




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