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Key facts - tourism

This section gives some basic information on the number of visitors to Dorset, their value to the local economy and the numbers employed in tourism.

Visitor numbers, 2011

Area

Visitor nights
(million)

Day visits
(million)
Christchurch0.91.1
East Dorset0.92.4
North Dorset0.61.8
Purbeck2.12.8
West Dorset2.74.3
Weymouth and Portland1.71.4
Bournemouth4.04.4
DCC Dorset8.813.8
Poole1.52.8
Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole14.321


Tourism spend and employment, 2011

AreaTourism spend (£m)Tourism
supported
employment 
Christchurch84.32,000
East Dorset108.52,400
North Dorset81.32,100
Purbeck166.23,600
West Dorset262.25,800
Weymouth and Portland159.84,000
Bournemouth461.719,900
DCC Dorset862.329,800
Poole182.24,000
Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole1,506.253,700

Source: Volume and Value of Tourism, 2011 South West Research Company

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