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Record summer for Yorkshire Tourism

Events such as the Tour de Yorkshire, Great Yorkshire Show and Yorkshire Festival brought a record number of visitors to the county in summer 2016, according to a new report.

Visit Britain statistics show that Yorkshire enjoyed a 12 per cent increase in inbound visits from July to September to 476,098, with the number of overnight stays up by a 21 per cent to 4.9 million, the highest ever for a July to September period in the county.

Spending also increased by 14 per cent on July to September 2015 to £194m.

Countries with the most Yorkshire-bound visitors included Germany, Australia and the US, while the top three reasons for trips were visiting friends and relatives, holidays and business travel.

Previously released Yorkshire statistics for April to June 2016 were also record-breaking with a 10 per cent increase in visits, and spending by inbound visitors up by 8 per cent to £145m.

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "This is incredible news and testament to the hard work being done by Welcome to Yorkshire and the businesses within the county to make Yorkshire very much front of mind domestically and internationally.

"Events like the Tour de Yorkshire, 2019 UCI Road World Championships as well as Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds, Great Yorkshire Show and Yorkshire Festival, all help to showcase what Yorkshire has to offer.

"The profile of the county has never been higher and we will keep working to promote the county as the number one visitor destination."

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