04:05PM, Thursday 18 December 2014
Tourism in Windsor helped bring in revenue of £472m to the Royal Borough over the last 12 months and the town is expecting another 'super year' in 2015.
A presentation on tourism figures for Windsor and the borough was made at a visitor management forum meeting on Tuesday which heard more than 7.5m visitors flocked to the town last year.
The Royal Borough panel was told London generated the highest amount of domestic visitors while the majority of overseas visitors were from the USA.
The report said 60 per cent of tourists visiting the borough come to see Windsor Castle while the cash generated by tourism has increased by 40 per cent since 2004.
Preparations are now underway for the 800th anniversary celebrations of the signing of the Magna Carta, with hopes it will add even more cash to the towns ringing tills.
Chairman of the forum Cllr Eileen Quick (Con, Clewer East) said the celebrations, which will include a flotilla of boats on the Thames, would attract a 'worldwide' influx of visitors.
She said: "We have been very lucky recently in that we have had quite a few special years with the Olympics and the royal wedding, but yes I think this will be one because it is something that happens every 100 years.
"We are just going to do everything we possibly can to make it a super year."
Visitors to the town who took part in a survey also praised many other aspects of the South-east's fourth most visited destination.
Using a scoring system of zero to five, the town scored highly on atmosphere, places to eat and drink, and cleanliness of streets.
But visitors were less impressed by the cost and lack of parking in the town,
Speaking at the meeting, Dr Parves Khan, head of research at Tourism South East, said: "You are not alone. This is the sort of problem prevailing for many destinations particularly for historic cities and towns which just simply do not have the space."
Visitors also raised concerns about Windsor being too overcrowded.
The meeting took place at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead.
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