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Rutland Tourism bouncing back after Lockdown Posted On 07 May 2021

Survey from Discover Rutland, reports tourism findings in the local area

 

Discover Rutland, whose website is used to find the best activities in the local area, has reported a 70% increase in website visits during April. It has gone so far as to say that businesses offering outdoor activities are close to resuming ‘business as usual’ the Stamford Mercury reports.

Speaking to the Stamford Mercury, Steve Makey, director of Rutland Water Golf Course, said that not only were existing customers desperate to get back to playing golf but, as one of the first sports to unlock, the business is even attracting new clientèle.

“As far as golf is concerned, it’s back to normal and we’ve been welcoming both members and non-members back to the course,” he said.

“We’ve noticed that more families are taking part, some for the first time as it’s a sport they can do together, and younger people too.”

Rutland Cycling is also reporting soaring demand, even though as an essential business they’ve been open throughout the past twelve months.

David Hicks, marketing manager said: “We’ve seen huge demand for bicycles as people have looked to get out and about for their fitness, mental health, and to travel during the lockdown periods, and we’ve kept most of our stores open to offer essential services like workshop which have been hugely popular.”

Staff at Rutland Water Visitor Centre report that the car parks are yet to reach capacity but that visitors have been overwhelmingly respectful of social distancing whilst enjoying themselves.

As is fitting for the ‘County of Good Taste,’ pub and restaurant businesses opening their outdoor spaces have been delighted by the support their customers have shown.

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