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Sport – the growing animal

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‘SPORTS tourism is a consistent animal and one that will continue to grow’.

Tracksuited to travel: Guernsey Airport is a busy place for sports teams at weekends. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 20081004)

That is the view of cricket administrator Mark Latter as more local sports have come out to defend the importance of sport to Guernsey tourism.

Last month, Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher claimed that surveys undertaken by Visit Guernsey show that less than 1% of travel in and out of the island is because of sport.

Immediately, the response from many sports was that figure was grossly inaccurate and the Guernsey Sports Commission has since been inundated with official travel numbers from a number of its members.

And given that our own estimated figures suggest that sport accounts for in excess of 2% of all travel – a figure that rises further when it comes to purely air travel – sports believe more accurate official numbers need to be calculated.

One of those is cricket, with the GCB chief executive officer Latter stressing that in an era of uncertainty, one constant is that Guernsey sporting outfits will still need to travel off-island.

  • Full story in Wednesday's Guernsey Press.

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