§ Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the amount of revenue from tourism to Wales in 1980, 1990 and 1991; what proposals he has to facilitate increased tourism in 1992–93; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir Wyn Roberts
Estimates of expenditure by overnight visitors to Wales are given in the following table. Since 1989, information on United Kingdom visitors to Wales has been obtained from the United Kingdom tourism survey. It is not possible to make a direct comparison between the results of this and earlier surveys. Information on overseas visitors is not available prior to 1981.
Estimates of expenditure by day visitors are available only for the financial year ending on 31 March 1989 when an estimated £22 milion was spent in Wales.
Expenditure by overnight visitors to Wales1 £ million Year United Kingdom visitors Overseas visitors 1980 2— 3— 1981 2— 50 1990 900 130 1991 900 130
Sources: United Kingdom Travel Survey, International Passenger Survey.
1 These estimates, derived from sample surveys and thus subject to potential random sampling errors, have been rounded to the nearest £5 million.
2 Not available on a comparable basis.
3 Not available prior to 1981.
In order to further promote tourism in Wales, the Government uplifted support for Wales tourist board by 20 per cent. in 1992–93 to a record £13.529 million.