The number of people coming to the Isle of Wight as a tourist has increased – along with the amount of money they spend, according to statistics by Tourism South East.

On average, visitors spent £127.92 per head/per trip over the course of 2018 – an increase of 9% compared to the previous year.

Holiday visits to the Isle of Wight also saw an increase of five per cent compared to 2017.

Although short breaks fell by two per cent across the year, holidaymakers spending five nights or more saw a significant rise of 19% in 2018.

Will Myles, Managing Director of Visit Isle of Wight said:

“It was definitely a year where all the seasons came in to play! It was heavy snow
when I first started my job in March this year, there’s been rain through Easter
and we saw at the end of August lots of heavy rain, glorious temperatures for
much of the summer, it’s been amazing.”

Visit Isle of Wight’s remit to increase visitors to the Island in the ‘shoulder’ months has also shown an increase of 9.2% compared to the previous year.

Will said:

“We’ve seen visitor figures increase through the shoulder seasons, certainly in Quarter 1 which was up by 0.2% and in Quarter 4, October, November and December which was up by 9%. These figures are demonstrating that our goal to increase visitors here throughout the year is continuing to succeed.

“This can only happen with the unceasing support of tourism businesses through the Wight BID, through voluntary contributors and obviously through our strategic business partners as well. It’s crucial that we continue to work in this way and to keep the Island in the spotlight, to make sure it is the destination of choice.”

Will also paid tribute to the small team at Visit Isle of Wight for making the most
of the budget available to them:

“We’ve got a small team here at Visit Isle of Wight. They make it possible! We don’t have as much marketing spend as some of the other regions.

“It’s great that our team work together, continuing to get first-time visitors here, changing them into regular visitors who will come back time and time again and hopefully, we’ll get more people coming in 2019 with our ‘Discover the Isle of Wight for…’ campaign.

“Looking at the national picture, the Visit England statistics available at the moment show that the Isle of Wight is doing really well in its competitive set.”

Visit Isle of Wight has also helped generate £3.9 million worth of media coverage for the Island, which accounts for an increase of 42% on 2017.