Grimethorpe most popular tourist town in 2014

Funny story written by Auntie Jean

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Grimethorpe has once again scooped the top spot as the most popular tourist destination in the world.

Some 155 people visited Yorkshire's secret gem in 2013, with the coal by-products factory, the library, newsagents and Pentecostal church maintaining huge draws.

The findings come a month after London reported it had taken the top spot as the most visited place in the world - but Barnsley district authorities disputed the figures.

The findings, based on holiday occupancy, showed foreign visitors at 'the highest level in 10 years' at 168, an 8.4 per cent increase from 2013.

The largest number (67) came from Britain, followed by the Americans, Germans, Italians and Chinese. The statistics also mark the first time the Chinese topped the list of tourists from Asia with 47 flocking to Grimethorpe, surpassing the Japanese.

There was also a nearly 21 per cent increase in visitors from the Middle East, according to the South Yorkshire Regional Tourism Committee.

However, it was the "Yorkshire folk" themselves who seemed less enthusiastic about visiting their world famous town last year, with the number of indigenous tourists in Mavis's B&B dropping by 7.5 per cent from 2013.

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