Impact of Covid-19 on Coastal Tourism

Impact of Covid-19 on Coastal Tourism

Since the initial lockdown on 23rd March 2020 the NCTA have been undertaking regular business and industry surveys as well as gathering research and data from external sources on the impact of Covid-19 to coastal tourism.

Our latest summary can be found here or a presentation of headline data can be found here.

Key headlines:

  • Coastal Tourism pre-Covid was valued at £13.7bn in England and £17.1bn for Great Britain. 32% of all visits take place in July and August, 84% between March and October. As such, the Covid-19 outbreak happened at the worst possible time for Coastal Tourism.
  • To date at least 7% of businesses have already permanently closed on the coast and the economic impact for 2020 is forecast to be a cut in tourism spend of £7.96bn in England (£10.3bn GB).
  • 62.5% of coastal tourism businesses say it will take more than a year before they can return to a profit and 33.8% of businesses are unsure about their survival until March 2021
  • A wide range of independent reports have also highlighted the vulnerability of coastal communities to the economic and health impacts of Covid-19.

To support recovery of the sector, the NCTA have prepared a three-year recovery programme and presented this proposal to the Chancellor and Tourism Minister – read our letter and responses from government here.

Page updated: 6th November 2020