State of the Park

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Visitor Numbers

STEAM figures indicate that there were 3.89 million visitors to Snowdonia National Park in 2015.This number is lower than the 4.27 million visitors to the Park in 2009. This means that there has been a 9.8% reduction in visitor numbers between 2009 and 2015 figures. However, visitor numbers have been increasing since 2013. The infographic below summarises visitor numbers information for the National Park according to the 2015 STEAM data.

Visitor numbers by visitor type

Figures indicate that visitor numbers, who are staying visitors or visitors staying in serviced or non-serviced accommodation, have slightly increased since 2013. The dip seen in 2012 and between 2012 and 2013 could be attributed to many reasons. April and June 2012 were the wettest they had been since records began, with flooding throughout Wales during June. Additionally, July had below average levels of sunshine and above average levels of rainfall.

Since 2009 there had been a reduction in visitor numbers classed as day visitors up until 2013, however since then numbers have steadily increased in this category

Number of visitor days spent in Snowdonia National Park

The chart below illustrates that there were approximately 10.25 million tourist days spent in the National Park in 2015. Between 2008 and 2015 it is estimated that around 81.1 million tourist days had been spent in Snowdonia.

Following the trend seen with visitor numbers, visitor days also decreased after 2011 until 2014. In this instance however visitor days increased between 2009 and 2011, before a substantial decrease between 2011 and 2012. As mentioned previously, this dip could be attributed to many reasons. April and June 2012 were the wettest they had been since records began, with flooding throughout Wales during June. Additionally, July had below average levels of sunshine and above average levels of rainfall.

There was a slight increase (0.4%) in visitor days between 2012 and 2013 before a 5.2% increase between 2014 and 2015.

Visitor days by visitor type

The trends seen in figure (for staying visitors or visitors staying in serviced or non- serviced accommodation) can also be seen for visitor days. However the number of visitor days, in terms of day visitors, decreased by 4% between 2012 and 2013.

The breakdown of visitor days by visitor type within the National Park, for 2015 is shown below.

CategoryActual total (millions)Increase/Decrease from 2014
  Serviced Accommodation0.564-1.3%
  Non- serviced accommodation7.16+7.3%
  Staying with friends or relatives0.0950.0%
  Staying visitor7.82+6.5%
  Day visitor2.43+1.3%