Welcome to Cumbria Tourism's business website
Cumbria Tourism is the official Tourist Board for the Lake District, Cumbria. Our shared Tourism Strategy for Cumbria has a clear vision – to become Europe’s Number One rural tourism destination. We won’t achieve such ambition without the input of the commercial sector and we recognise the need to improve considerably on many fronts.
We aspire to be excellent in all aspects of our Tourist Board and Destination Management remit. Achieving, maintaining and improving on our ‘excellence ambition’, which all staff at CT are totally committed to and determined to progress. CT continues to go from strength to strength and our membership represents 2,400 tourism dependent businesses.
Cumbria Tourism also has a suite of marketing opportunities available to members of CT and is proud to have generated a number of successful marketing campaigns such as the recent #theplacetobe campaign.
Our Executive Board are valued representatives from the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, Cumbria County Council, the Lake District National Park as well as private sector representatives.
We urge you to join Cumbria Tourism and help us become a truly world class visitor destination.
What does Tourism mean to Cumbria?
Cumbria is far more dependent on tourism than most other parts of the UK.
In 2015 Cumbria and the Lake District received almost 43 million visitors, made up of 36.6 million day trippers and 6.3 million overnight visitors.
Between them, day and staying visitors combined to produce 57.1m tourist days. These visitors brought in £2.62 billion to the region’s economy and provided employment for 35,482 full time equivalent (FTE) posts.
As many tourism jobs are actually part time, or seasonal, the total number of people in tourism jobs is estimated at 61,013, around 20% of the county’s total employment.
The Lake District World Heritage Bid
Cumbria Tourism support The Lake District’s bid for World Heritage status, launched in 2014 with 25 of the area’s leading organisations formally endorsing the Lake District’s Nomination.
In February 2016 the Department for Culture, Media and Sports and Historic England submitted the nomination to UNESCO.
The dossier will be reviewed during the next 12-18 months ahead of a decision in summer 2017.
Please get involved with the World Heritage Bid campaign – use the hashtag #lakedistrictbid when sharing your photos, messages and videos on Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, YouTube and other social media channels.