Tourism in Hammersmith

Overview

Local councils spend 5.1 per cent of their net expenditure on leisure and recreational facilities on tourism, compared to 40.6 per cent on recreation and sport, 33.6 per cent on open spaces and 20.7 per cent on culture and heritage.

Local councils provide and manage 92 per cent of tourism and information centers across the country.

Tourism is one of the largest industries in the UK, worth approximately £74.3 billion in 2001, more than 4.5 per cent of GDP.

In 2001, UK residents made 163.1 million trips within the UK spending more than £26 billion.

Overseas visitors, spent more than £11 billion and made 22.8 million trips.

Tourism supports 380,000 jobs in rural England.


Locally

Local people can benefit from tourism through increased inward investment, improved employment opportunities, and through an increase in the range and quality of facilities in the borough.

Tourism is an important and growing sector of London's economy. It accounts for 8% of London's Gross Domestic Product (LRC). This growth is vital in terms of its impact on job creation, and the knock on or multiplier economic effect of more spend going into the economy, with other businesses being supported by 'front line' tourist services.

The number of tourists in the borough is low when compared to the central boroughs. Hammersmith & Fulham has only 2,300 visitor bedspaces compared to almost 25,000 in neighbouring Kensington & Chelsea, and 60,000 for Westminster. The borough has few recognised strategic tourist attractions.

Traffic congestion and air pollution are now perceived as the biggest threat to maintaining the economic benefits from tourism (Dept for Culture, Media and Sport, Tourism Towards Sustainability 1998). Although the borough has a relatively good transport infrastructure, like the rest of London, it suffers from overcrowding on the public transport network, atmospheric pollution, and from congestion and delays on the road network. It is crucial that any growth in the tourist sector does not exacerbate these problems.