Five and a half million foreign visitors arrived in the UK via Gatwick in 2017 – spending 40.3 million nights in the country, contributing £4.7 billion to GDP and supporting 93,000 jobs – according to a new Oxford Economics report on the airport’s impact on the ‘Visitor Economy’ published today.
In addition, £1.2 billion was added to the UK Exchequer – enough to cover the salaries of 46,000 nurses or 36,000 teachers – through taxes on transactions, wages and profits generated by businesses serving these overseas visitors.
The report, commissioned by the Gatwick Growth Board, also shows that the UK economy receives a £200 million GDP, 4000 job boost every time 100,000 more passengers from Asia arrive at Gatwick – highlighting the importance of the airport’s recent new routes to Hong Kong, Chongqing, Tianjin and Taipei, with other new routes to Asia expected soon.
Passengers visiting from Asia are shown to spend an average £1185 per visit – compared to the £705 overall average – with those arriving from USA (£1021), Australia (£1047) and the ‘Rest of Americas’ (£1117) also spending considerably more.
The report formed the basis of three roundtables – hosted by the Gatwick Growth Board – where national, regional and local stakeholders discussed how Gatwick can grow its contribution to both national, regional and local economies.
The report’s special analysis shows that just over half (56%) of foreign visitors’ overnight stays were in London, a quarter (24%) were across the South East region, with the rest spread around the rest of the UK – boosting spending through airfares, taxis, rail tickets, hotel stays, restaurant meals, retail purchase and visits to leisure and cultural attractions.
Overseas visitors however are only part of Gatwick’s visitor economy as 1.6 million visitors arrived from other parts of UK last year – spending 5.2 million nights – and contributed £588 million to GDP and 12,700 jobs. These visitors were principally from Scotland and Northern Ireland.
- More than four fifths of visitors were from Europe – with Spain, Italy and France the top three origin countries – followed by USA
- Around a fifth of visitors from Germany, Denmark, Holland and Ireland came on business
- Visitors from Africa (15 nights), Australia (13), Asia (13) and Canada (12) stayed the longest (on average)
“As a vital piece of UK infrastructure, Gatwick provides a significant contribution to local, regional and national economies and this report shows that this still has room to grow – both in terms of the number of inbound passengers and the value of each visit.
“As Gatwick continues to grow, it is our job as the Growth Board to ensure the benefits it brings to the economy are felt, not just nationally, but also by the airport’s regional and local neighbours and these roundtables have provided plenty of positive ideas as to how.”
Baroness Tessa Jowell, said:
“This report shows just how valuable long-haul visitors arriving through Gatwick are to the UK. The airport already offers over 60 long haul routes but securing more to North and South America, and to Asia, will bring even more high value visitors into the UK economy; growing connections to these markets should be an integral part of Gatwick’s future strategy.”
Steve Ridgway, Chair of VisitBritain, said:
“Gatwick is an important gateway to the UK and plays a vital role in the country’s thriving visitor economy. Inbound tourism will continue to be a vital component of the UK economy after we’ve left the European Union and VisitBritain welcomes the Gatwick Growth Board’s efforts to secure and grow the airport’s future contribution.“
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AMAZING! Exclusive photos & interviews with Gatwick Diamond winners
An exclusive from CN24 shows photos of all the night’s winners as well as interviews as they collected their awards.
In an exclusive from CN24, we caught up with winners as they came off the stage to collect their awards.
The Business Award Winners are those businesses or people who have shown innovation and inspiration in their work, and have demonstrated a real commitment to this world-class region.
The Winners were unveiled at the 10th Anniversary of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards at the Effingham Park Hotel, on 15th March, 2018.
The Headline Sponsors are B&CE, the Peoples Pension; Extech.co.uk; Gatwick Airport Ltd and NatWest. The Evening started with a Pre-Dinner Reception, and the evening rounded off with the now highly anticipated After-Show Party.
The winners in each category were:
Green Business of the Year – sponsored by Crawley Borough Council
- Hilton London Gatwick Airport
Responsible Business of the Year – sponsored by University of Sussex School of Business, Management & Economics
- Cleankill Pest Control
International Business of the Year – sponsored by the Gatwick Diamond Initiative
- Acro Aircraft Seating
The Award for Customer Delight – sponsored by Thakeham Group
- Gatwick Recruitment and Training Ltd T/A Driver Hire Gatwick
Employer of the Year – sponsored by Search Consultancy
- Assurity Consulting
The Award for Developing People for Business Success – sponsored by Crawley College
- Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club
The Award for Supply Chain Excellence – sponsored by University of Brighton
- PVL UK Ltd
Manufacturing Business of the Year – sponsored by asblaw LLP
- PVL UK Ltd
Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
- Robert Wiles, Cloud9 Insight
New Business of the Year – sponsored by Basepoint Business Centres
- Growth by Design
Business Person of the Year – sponsored by KPMG
- Rob Pierre, Jellyfish Group Ltd
Business of the Year (Up to £1m Turnover) – sponsored by Platinum Publishing Group
- Juno Wealth Management Ltd
Business of the Year (Over £1m Turnover) – sponsored by NatWest
- MHA Carpenter Box
Business of the Decade – sponsored by NatWest
The Awards were presented by the award-winning comedy legend, star of stage and screen and more recently, a popular contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, Brian Conley at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards Dinner, on the 15th March, 2018.
From Gatwick Diamond we managed to catch up with Chairman Anya Ledwith:
We also spoke to the General manager of the Copthorne Hotel hosting the event Bharat Rai:
This year one of the headline sponsors was an SME, Extech. We spoke to their MD Andrew Hookway:
Another main sponsor was Gatwick Airport. We caught up with Alison Addy Head of Community Engagement:
Another major supporter of the awards is Richard Place Dobson, we spoke to Matthew Tyson:
We also managed to speak to Ana Christie, Chief Executive for the Sussex Chamber of Commerce.
A brief history of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards – 2009-17 https://t.co/HK27YHR9SN
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