Wychavon chairman explores region's economy boosting attractions - The Droitwich Standard

Wychavon chairman explores region's economy boosting attractions

Droitwich Editorial 15th Nov, 2023   0

Wychavon’s Chairman has been celebrating some of the district’s popular visitor attractions, as a new report reveals tourism adds more than £171 million to the local economy.

Research carried out on behalf of Wychavon revealed in 2022 more than 3.7 million day trips or overnight stops were made to the district. More than 3,100 jobs are also supported by tourism.

The figures show Wychavon’s visitor economy is making a good recovery following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the value of the district’s tourism sector rising 25% on the previous year.

As part of his Chairman’s 50th anniversary tour of the district, Councillor Robert Raphael has been experiencing some of the visitor attractions Wychavon offers.

They include Hartlebury Castle which opened to the public in 2018 following a £5 million overhaul funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

As well as beautiful grounds, the castle offers visitors an interactive look into the lives of the bishops who lived there, including one who went on to become the pope who refused Henry VIII a divorce.

The site is also home to Worcestershire County Museum where visitors can find out fascinating facts about the county, spend time in the 1950s themed diner or go back to school in Victorian times.

Coun Raphael was also able to get his hands on a bible from the 12th century in the impressive Hurd Library, which contains more than 5,000 books.

While visiting Aztec Adventure Park in Upton Warren, the Chairman took on the rope climbing experience.

Cllr Robert Raphael and Cllr Rick Deller take to the water at Aztec Adventure in Upton Warren. s

He also tried his hand at canoeing supported by local ward councillor Rick Deller.

In Dormston parish, Coun Raphael learnt about the history and care of Alpacas at Simply Alpaca.

Cllr Robert Raphael, gets up close with some captivating creatures at Simply Alpaca. s

Coun Raphael said: “It was fantastic to get a taste of some of the diverse and wonderful visitor attractions Wychavon has to offer.

“We often overlook the amazing places to visit we have on our doorstep and I would encourage residents to be a tourist at home and find out what they can discover.”

Coun Richard Morris, Wychavon District Council, said: “Tourism is an important part of our local economy and I am delighted to see visitor numbers returning to their pre-pandemic levels.

“Whether it’s fantastic festivals, amazing attractions or our beautiful natural spaces, Wychavon has lots to explore and I look forward to seeing these figures increase further in the years ahead.”

Visit http://www.valeandspa.co.uk for more.


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