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Visitor Spending up 10% 26 March 2005

The Department of Tourism and Leisure is delighted that visitor spending was up 10% in 2004 compared with the previous year.

The annual Isle of Man Passenger Survey, compiled by Treasury’s Economic Affairs Division, confirms that the total expenditure by visitors on trips to the Isle of Man now stands at around £113m.

The survey also found that a total of 340,902 non-residents visited the Isle of Man during 2004. The figure compares with 337,417 in 2003, and a low of 287,063 in 2001, when precautions to prevent the spread of foot and mouth disease to the Isle of Man succeeded but impacted significantly on air and sea passenger arrivals.

Tourism Minister David Cretney said:

"I am delighted that the Tourism Strategy seems to be working and that we are building visitor numbers. The visitor business on the Island has had a bumpy time during the past decade or so and I am grateful to the industry members of various partnerships we have made who have worked with us to effect this recovery. I look forward to building on that success in the coming year as we have a range of exciting events such as Honda powerboats and a Viking Festival to add to the annual sporting highlights."

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