A vital gateway for UK tourism

Gatwick acts as a vital gateway to the world for the UK’s tourism industry, bringing 5.5 million overseas visitors to the UK each year. 

These visitors make a significant contribution to the UK economy spending £3.9 billion on goods and services each year, while at a regional level, visitors through Gatwick spent 9.7 million nights in the south east in 2017 bringing a significant economic boost to local hotels, visitor attractions, restaurants and shops. 

To help harness the benefits of having the UK’s second largest airport located in the region, in 2018 Gatwick brought together a number of regional partners to form a new ‘Gateway Gatwick’ group. The group allows key organisations to share information and co-ordinate and amplify activity to promote tourism in the region, with Gatwick also providing insight from and access to overseas partners including airlines and tour operators.  

The Gateway Gatwick initiative is underpinned with a package of measures to help boost local tourism including Gatwick providing on-airport promotional space to help market the region and key attractions to tourists; the use of Gatwick’s social, digital and customer channels to share tourism information to promote the region; and collaborating on a targeted marketing campaign to reach international visitors including the recent publication of a new series of visitor guides that showcase the best of what the region has to offer. 

Find out more about Gatwick’s contribution to the tourism industry in a report published by the Gatwick Growth Board in early 2018. In 2017, 5.5 million overseas visitors arriving via Gatwick Airport, contributed £4.7 billion to UK GDP, supported 93,000 jobs and £1.2 billion in tax revenues.