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Cardiff Boasts Record Visitor Numbers During 2017


Tourism in Cardiff is up according to preliminary figures which show the city experienced a record number of visitors during 2017.

The information was taken from the STEAM report which measures the economic impact of tourism. Highlights include:

– The total economic impact of tourism for 2017 is £1.30 billion, 7% on 2016 and 6% on 2015.
– During 2017, 21.30 million people visited the city last year, 5% more than the year before.
– 2.06 million of those visitors stayed overnight, a 2% increase from 2016
– 19.24 million people visited for the day, an increase of 5% from 2016

Cabinet Member for Investment and Development Cllr Russel Goodway said:

“Tourism has played a critical role in the city's economic success in past decades. We are committed to continuing this success by working with partners in the sector to invest in projects such as the new Indoor Arena to attract more visitors to our city.”

The National Tourism Awards 2018 has recently crowned Cardiff winners of the Best Event for the UEFA Champions League Final 2017. The city showed that with vital infrastructure in place, it could put on a mesmerizing show for a global audience of over 1 billion.

In just a couple of months' time the Volvo Ocean Race will take place in Cardiff and for the first time in its history, the leading sailing series will stop here from 27 May to 10 June 2018.

Also returning after 10 years is the 2018 National Eisteddfod, Wales' largest cultural festival. The festival attracts around 150,000 visitors each year over the two week period and this year is the first year it will not have the traditional Maes and will be open for all across the city.

Plans for Cardiff to become the UK's first ‘Music City' are underway with hopes to elevate the city's status to the likes of Berlin and Barcelona in this sector. Visit Cardiff is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organisation for the city promoting Cardiff as a destination to visit, meet and invest.