Two hundred business leaders and investors from across the region attended Chesterfield Investment Summit at Casa Hotel on Wednesday 19th September to hear about the strength of the area’s visitor economy and investment opportunities in Chesterfield and Derbyshire.
James Berresford, Chair of Derbyshire Culture, Heritage, Arts and Tourism Board, told delegates that tourism is big business and Derbyshire alone has over 40 million visitors, with tourism in the county contributing £2.15bn per annum to the economy.
Huw Bowen, Chief Executive at Chesterfield Borough Council continued the success story, revealing new data that Chesterfield welcomed 3.7 million visitors in 2017; the record number of visitors boosted the town’s economy by £175m and supported over 2000 jobs.
Huw Bowen said: "With the Peak District National Park on our doorstep, Chesterfield has long been a convenient place to visit but the fact we see so many people returning to visit us, shows we have a lot to offer in our own right.
Adam Herald of Jomast gave an update about Elder Way, an integrated leisure destination in the heart of the Chesterfield and Rupert Carr of Birchall Properties updated on the much-anticipated Peak Resort, which will bring visitors from all over the world and is scheduled to open by the end of 2020.
Frank Horsley, Head of Economic Regeneration at Derbyshire County Council gave details about the investment opportunities in ‘Wold class’ Derbyshire and highlighted the importance of partnership working across the county.
The annual event was organised by Derbyshire Economic Partnership, Destination Chesterfield and Marketing Derby and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.