Sector 'I'

Accommodation and food services, plus the wider visitor economy


In 2014, the employment in the accommodation and food service activities sector amounted to 45,500 in the Lancashire-14 area. Many people employed in the accommodation and food service activities work in jobs that are associated with tourism, so Blackpool is not surprisingly the Lancashire authority with the largest number in this sector.

By value of its output in 2014, accommodation and food service activities accounted for £998 million or 3.6% of Lancashire-14 area's annual wealth creation in terms of gross value added.

The visitor economy includes accommodation and food services plus a number of other activities. It is an important source of employment and in 2014, a total of 62,300 jobs in the Lancashire-14 area were allocated to this broad area of the local economy. The number represents 10.0% total employment in the Lancashire area. Blackpool, as would be expected, had a very high proportion of employment allocated to the visitor economy (21.0%). The visitor economy also represented 13.9% of total employment in the rural authority of Ribble Valley.

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Page updated October 2015