Chichester defies recession trend

Despite the recession, Chichester has been seeing a year-on-year increase in the number of visitors to the area.

Businesses, however, have said it is still too early to say exactly how the economic climate has affected the tourism sector.

Chichester District Council said, so far, the recession had had a ‘positive imapct’ on tourism, encouraging people to stay in this country rather than go abroad, and visit attractions closer to home.

Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry said: “We have the impression bed and breakfasts and attractions have largely been successful, but hotels are presenting a mixed picture.”

The Travelodge hotel in Chapel Street reported the popularity of events including the Festival of Speed and Glorious Goodwood meant rooms duirng these periods were almost booked out.

Travelodge spokeswoman Emma Arthurs said: “The popularity of this new £3m hotel means with the average guest spending £36 a day in the local community during their stay, Chichester could see up to £1.3m being added to the economy every year.”

A report by the Tourism South East said tourism in the area was valued at more than £451,000,000, supporting 9,000 jobs, which represents 18 per cent of the total workforce in the district.

For the full story see today’s Chichester Observer (out Thursday, March 31).