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|Last update: Wednesday 25th March|
|A church which has undergone a massive four-year refurbishment programme has attracted record visitor numbers, more than 2,000 visitors, since it re-opened six months ago. St Mary's near Stafford has had more visitors in 2004 than in any year since Wren completed it in 1676.|
|Travel/Tourism||The Sentinel – 5 October 2004|
|It is said that about 20 per cent of the population fear flying, even though statistically it is the safest form of transport.|
|Travel/Tourism||The War Cry - 1st May 2004|
|The company Planet Wise reported the following statistics.|
25 per cent of travellers leave the UK without adequate insurance cover.
70 per cent of travellers conduct little or no research before they go.
Young travellers spend more time buying a penknife than insurance.
More people than ever are using their retirement to travel the world over a third (36 per cent) of mature travellers planning at least one long haul adventure, with the Far East and Africa being the most visited in the last five years.
|Travel/Tourism||Planet Wise information leaflet - May 2004|
|A study of the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth games shows that visitor numbers to Greater Manchester increased by 9.5 per cent from 77.1 million in 1999 to 84.4 million in 2002, with most visitors coming from the US. As a result, £2bn was generated in tourism in 2002, a 19 per cent rise on the previous year and a 27 per cent increase since 1999.|
Employment in the tourist sector rose by more than 10 per cent from 33,500 full time posts in 2001 to 36,900 equivalent full time posts in 2002.
|Travel/Tourism||The Guardian - 29th April 2004|
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