Today at the ABTA Convention in Ljubljana, Slovenia, VisitEngland revealed the latest results of the three-year project, ‘Growing Tourism Locally’, which in its second year has to date generated a total of £517.9million additional tourism spend and created a record number of 9,620 additional jobs for the sector.

The project, aimed at inspiring UK residents to take more holidays at home and to create jobs in the tourism sector, has now exceeded the overall target of 9,139 jobs six months ahead of the project deadline and with still one year to go when the programme ends in October 2015.

The Growing Tourism Locally project is funded by £19.8m from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) and with a total investment of £41.6m including contributions from VisitEngland and the private sector. These latest figures include the results of marketing campaigns that took place over autumn 2013/winter 2014 in partnership with a number of destinations across the country.

These campaigns alone have generated £101.3million in tourism spend and created 1,876 additional jobs for the sector. The destination based campaigns featured across a selection of national and regional print, broadcast and digital media and included a campaign to attract people to enjoy the quirkiness of Bristol combining its more traditional Christmas offer with its independent boutique shopping, theatre, nightlife and music scene; a campaign to promote Manchester’s transformation into a large Christmas village over the festive season with its many Christmas markets, and a campaign highlighting major activities across Nottinghamshire in 2014 from cycling, to festivals and events.

Louise Stewart, director of strategy and development for VisitEngland, said: “Ultimately these campaigns are aimed at driving growth in domestic tourism by encouraging Brits to book a short break at home in one of the many unique and wonderful destinations on offer across England. It is rewarding and encouraging to see the campaigns succeed in boosting the visitor economy, creating jobs and inspiring people to take a holiday in England. With the trend to holiday at home remaining strong in 2014 despite the severe weather earlier this year, we know British people continue to place enormous value in England as a world-class holiday destination.”

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