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Tour de Yorkshire boosts economy

Tour de Yorkshire boosts economy

Published at 4:32pm 27th June 2016. (Updated at 4:35pm 27th June 2016)

This year's Tour de Yorkshire 2016 boosted the region's economy by nearly £60 million, according to research.

Over two million spectators lined the route for the cycle race weekend and spent 20% more than last year.

Accommodation spend was up by nearly 28% and spending on items such as food and drink, souvenirs and transport was up by nearly 12.5%.

The race was televised in 178 countries and watched by some 11.4 million global TV viewers on Eurosport and ITV4.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "This is tremendous news for Yorkshire and the statistics speak for themselves - the public support for the Tour de Yorkshire is overwhelming.

"Even in the face of some not so welcoming weather, these statistics show that the Tour de Yorkshire is rapidly going from strength to strength.

"The great people of the county continued to support the race in their droves, with over two million people lining the route, spending 20% more than last year, while TV viewing figures nearly doubled.

"This confirms that the people of Yorkshire have really taken the Tour de Yorkshire to their hearts and already we can't wait for next year!"

The economic impact study, which was carried out by Leeds Beckett University, also revealed that nearly 80% of spectators were from Yorkshire.

Organisers and cyclists say they have been "staggered" by the overwhelming public support.

Thomas Voeckler, who won this year's race, said: "When you see all the crowds on the road, I am sure that in 20 to 30 years there will still be a Tour de Yorkshire."

A small number of start and finish locations have already been confirmed for next year, with Harrogate included on the list.