St Helens is Hot Spot for Tourism

MORE than 7.5m tourists poured into St Helens last year, boosting the towns coffers by more than £131m according to the latest set of statistics.

According to the figures compiled by the Scarborough Tourism Economic Activity Monitor, the borough is attracting more than one million people than in 2002.

St Helens is synonymous with high quality, say the council, offering events such as the Eclectica Music Festival, St Helens Festival and St Helens Comedy Week. A council spokesperson added: "St Helens has become a destination of choice for visitors to the Northwest, with an eclectic mix of countryside, rich heritage, vibrant nightlife and quality sporting events." They pointed to Haydock Park, Saints, The World of Glass and the Northwest Museum of Transport as other important tourist attractions.

Councillor Neil Taylor, executive member for urban regeneration added: "Tourism was identified as a key growth area for St Helens a few years ago and since then there has been a concerted effort to develop the sector."

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