Tourism in Exmoor National Park
Every year Exmoor National Park welcomes over 2 million visitors, attracted by the wide ranging special qualities of natural beauty, wildlife cultural heritage and the varied recreational opportunities afforded to visitors.
It is estimated that tourism on Exmoor brings in over £80m to the economy and creates the equivalent of over 2000 full time jobs (approximately 20% of Exmoor’s entire population!).
This section is designed to provide information and support to those working within the tourism industry within the National Park. A bi-monthly e-newsletter is published to help keep tourism providers on and around Exmoor informed of the latest news and support in relation to the development of sustainable tourism on Exmoor.
It is clear that tourism has a major role in sustaining the local economy and communities of Exmoor. Indeed, whilst the first statutory purpose of the National Park is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area, the second purpose is to promote opportunities for the public understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the area.
However tourism has an environmental and social impact. The landscape is fragile and issues such as erosion, congestion, litter, careless use of the countryside and pollution can lead to problems. This is why we all need to strive to make our use of the Park more sustainable; If not the very qualities that make Exmoor special today could be lost tomorrow.
The agreed position statement of the English National Park Authorities Association on sustainable tourism can be read here.