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Tourism businesses

The contribution of the visitor economy in South Gloucestershire is often overlooked. On average we get 4.6 million day visits and 1.5 million overnight stays per year in South Gloucestershire generating around £300 million in tourism related spend. There are an estimated 7,000 employees working in the tourism industry which is around 5% of employment in the area.

The total value of business turnover arising as a result of tourist spending and other direct or indirect spend supported by tourism is estimated to be just under £400 million a year.

South Gloucestershire borders the Severn Estuary with its two magnificent bridges and encompasses the Vale of Severn and the Cotswold Edge, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. South Gloucestershire boasts many attractions in its own right and enjoys good access to the historic cities of Bristol and Bath, the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.

The market towns of Thornbury and Chipping Sodbury are of particular interest and popular destinations include the Second Severn Bridge, The Mall Regional Shopping Centre at Cribbs Causeway, Dyrham Park and Avon Valley Railway.

Major footpaths and cycleways serve much of the area. The Frome Valley Walkway runs from Old Sodbury to Frenchay, the Cotswold Way runs along the western edge of the Cotswolds and the Severn Way runs north from the Second Severn Crossing. The Avon Cycleway is a signed circular route mainly using lightly trafficked country lanes and cyclepaths.

Bristol Bath railway path is a path dedicated to pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users linking Bristol and Bath along the track of the former Midland Railway.

We work closely with Destination Bristol who is responsible for promoting and marketing Bristol and South Gloucestershire as tourism destinations. ‘Visit Bristol’, managed by Destination Bristol, contains detailed information on the Greater Bristol area and offers an accommodation booking service.

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