Dales prepares to welcome back visitors

The beautiful Derbyshire Dales is aiming to recover its £500-million visitor economy quickly as Covid restrictions continue to ease.

From this coming Monday, 17 May, the Dales will be welcoming back holidaymakers as tourism opens up again as part of the Government's road map out of restrictions.

While small self-catering properties for one household have been open since 12 April, other holiday accommodation - including B&Bs and hotels - can open from Monday.

Derbyshire Dales District Council Leader Councillor Garry Purdy said:
"This is an important step back to something resembling usual business in one of the most attractive parts of the UK.
"The tourism industry, including holiday accommodation, attractions and restaurants, employs thousands of people here in the Derbyshire Dales. Many staff have been furloughed during the pandemic and are keen to get back to work as the visitor economy reopens."

The number of staying visitors in the Dales increased by 36% in the 10 years to 2020, contributing to sales in shops, pubs and other places.

Councillor Purdy added:
"Nearly 5 million day visitors per year also contribute to our local economy, enjoying visitor attractions such as Chatsworth and the beautiful Dales countryside for walks and bike rides.
"Pre-Covid our visitor economy was worth nearly £500-million and we hope it will make a quick recovery back to this level following the relaxation of Covid restrictions, and continue to grow and support local tourism businesses."
  • Since the start of the pandemic the District Council has been responsible for paying out around £68-million in Government business support grants to Derbyshire Dales businesses across different sectors of the local economy.
The beautiful Derbyshire Dales is aiming to recover its £500-million visitor economy quickly as Covid restrictions continue to ease.

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