Newmarket welcomed over 1.6 million visitors in 2017, an increase in the economic value of tourism at HQ by 6% to over £73 million, Discover Newmarket, the tourism hub and official tour guide for the town, reported on Monday. Overnight and day trips have rise 7.8% compared to 2016, and the overall tourism value of Newmarket rose over £4.2 million in one year. Individually, day trips numbered 1,651,000 (+7.3%) and overnight trips 39,000 (+8.3%). Combined, visitor spend from these visits set a high of £61.8 million and the tourist related employment grew to 1,363. New tours added by Discover Newmarket in 2017 were the Cheveley Park Stud Tour, the one-off Enable Tour and a John Gosden and Golden Horn Tour.
“This fantastic result for Newmarket truly showcases the profile that the town has achieved as a destination,” said Noel Byrne, Chairman of Discover Newmarket and Manager of the Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa. “I'm sure I echo the thoughts of the businesses and the community in Newmarket when I say that we look forward to seeing this growth continue in the future.”